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Kaleidoscope: Stories of the American Experience

Kaleidoscope: Stories of the American Experience
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780195072228
ISBN 10: 195072227
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1993-01-07
Format: Paperback
Pages: 688
List Price: $65.95

This innovative multicultural reader gathers together diaries, histories, autobiographies, short stories, and excerpts from novels to bring the many facets of the American experience to life, from sixteenth-century explorations to this century's ongoing saga of immigration and acculturation. Extending the traditional boundaries of the American literary canon, the editors first offer a comprehensive overview of the history of multicultural social and literary patterns in the United States, and then present a wealth of richly diverse stories—construing that term in the broadest possible sense—from both celebrated and lesser-known authors emphasizing pluralistic experience. Whenever possible, they present narratives of cross-cultural contact and exchange, rather than reports of cultures observed in isolation. Offering a uniquely broad range of readings within a strong thematic structure, Kaleidoscope is an enjoyable and enlightening reader for anyone interested in American literature and history, or the new emphasis on multiculturalism.