With classic and contemporary selections by authors from a wide range of racial and ethnic groups, Literature Across Cultures, 5/e introduces the reader to important literary works and helps readers explore critical themes of our times, such as gender and identity, the effects of war and violence, race and culture, and more.
A world's worth of fiction, poetry, essays and drama are divided into several thematic sections: origins and insights; gender and identity; war and violence; race and difference; and individualism and community. The editors' introduction discusses the meaning and function of literature, writing as a social act, and guidelines for writing the literary essay. Appendices discuss the elements of fiction, poetry and drama; researching literary sources; and critical approaches, using as a case study. A note about film and video is also included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.