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1 Volume; 318 Pages
General Bibliography
Chronology of Author's Life
Complete List of Author's Works
Publication dates of Works
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index

Table of Contents


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Critical Insights: Cultural Encounters
Editor: Nicholas Birns, Eugene Lang Colleg


ISBN: 978-1-42983-732-3
Print List Price: $85


e-ISBN: 978-1-4298-3780-4
eBook Single User Price: $85

October 2012 · 1 volume · 318 pages · 6"x9"

Includes Online Database with Print Purchase

Critical Insights
Cultural Encounters
Great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.

Though it has been only in the last few decades that scholars have read literary works through the lenses of ethnicity and the history and aftermath of colonialism, the theme of cross-cultural encounters has a long history, stretching back as far as Shakespeare. As cultures around the world have come into contact with and grown alongside one another, they have had to engage in complex personal, economic, and social relationships—all of which have found their way into numerous literary works. Often fraught, these relationships have had a lasting impact on the modern world and modern literature as how we deal with these relationships' legacies and search for new, more just ways to understand and negotiate them.

Edited by Kent Baxter, this volume in the Critical Insights series addresses the theme of cultural encounters in literature through a diverse set of texts and through multiple methodologies. For readers who are studying the theme for the first time, a four essays survey the critical conversation regarding the theme, explore its cultural and historical contexts, and offer close and comparative readings of key texts containing the theme. Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the theme can then move on to other essays that explore it in depth through a variety of critical approaches. Classic works discussed include The Tempest, Robinson Crusoe, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Native Son and selections from the poetry of William Butler Yates and Seamus Heaney. And some of the contemporary works discussed are Brick Lane, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and Omeros.

Rounding out the volume are a list of literary works not mentioned in the book that concern the theme of coming of age and as well as a bibliography of critical sources for readers seeking to study this timeless theme in greater depth.

Critical Insights Titles Supporting This Theme

Critical Insights:
TONI MORRISON


One volume, 352 pages
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Race, gender, and the search for cultural identity are at the heart of this celebrated author's works. Essays consider Morrison's body of work and the cultural contexts in which that work was written. In an essay by leading African American literary scholar Trudier Harris readers will get a sweeping overview of the importance of Morrison's first six novels. Other essays examine community and identity in works such as Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise.
Critical Insights:
SHERMAN ALEXIE


One volume, 360 pages
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Noticed initially as a Native American author, Sherman Alexie has since achieved a reputation as a significant figure in the American literary landscape. The essays in this set discuss many different aspects of Alexie's works. Original essays include a comparison of Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven to Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies. Other essays discuss Reservation Blues, The Summer of the Black Widows, and two films, Smoke Signals and The Business of Fancydancing.
Critical Insights:
THINGS FALL APART


One volume, 336 pages
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Chinua Achebe put African literature on the map with his first novel, Things Fall Apart. Frustrated with Western novelists' depictions of Africa, Achebe set out to write a more complex, more thoughtful novel, one that would counter Western stereotypes. It became an international success not long after its 1958 publication and has since exerted a tremendous influence over other African writers who, like Achebe, have sought to re-create African life in fiction.
Critical Insights:
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE


One volume, 336 pages
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Latin America's most famous novel. An overnight sensation when it was first published in 1967, it has been translated into dozens of languages and remains a perennial favorite of readers around the world. Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez's nonlinear novel follows numerous generations of one family as they encounter cultural revolutions and clashes in a Latin American setting.
Critical Insights:
WILLA CATHER


One volume, 360 pages
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This volume explores why and how she is one of America's most treasured and most expansive writers. Original essays discuss Cather's cultural position and her use of radical new literary techniques. Other essays analyze the role of the protagonist in Cather's O Pioneers!, as well as a comparison of One of Ours to F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby in light of the themes of the waste land and the Holy Grail.
Critical Insights:
BARBARA KINGSOLVER


One volume, 336 pages
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Essays draw on Kingsolver's biography to discuss the evolution of her political convictions and locate her as an inheritor of the political fiction of the 1930s; review the major pieces of Kingsolver criticism and the popular reception of her books; demonstrate how her first novel, The Bean Trees, affirms positive portrayals of racial and ethnic others; and offer an ecofeminist reading of Prodigal Summer.
Critical Insights:
THE JOY LUCK CLUB


One volume, 336 pages
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Surveys the critical reception of Tan's works, particularly Joy Luck. Also considers the mechanics of Tan's novel, including structure, narration, style, and themes; and compares and contrasts Tan's book with Michael Cunningham's The Hours. Includes an examination of the traditional Chinese beliefs found in the novel, a comparison of The Joy Luck Club to The Kitchen God's Wife, and two interviews with the author.
Critical Insights:
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE


One volume, 336 pages
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In the landmark play by Tennessee Williams, the culture clash depicted—between the decaying "high" culture of the Old South and the "low" culture of the New South—takes place between two characters: the fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois and the working-class Stanley Kowalski.


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