While other works cover individual ethnic literary traditions, this encyclopedia is the first to offer a comprehensive introduction to the spectacularly diverse range of ethnic American writing. Included are more than 1100 alphabetically arranged entries by more than 300 scholars. While most of the entries are biographical, others cover genres, ethnic stereotypes, seminal works, significant places, major historical events, key pieces of legislation, and various other topics that are part of the context of multiethnic America literature. While some of the writers profiled have international reputations, others are emerging artists. The encyclopedia is accessible to students and general readers, and numerous illustrations enhance its appeal to a broad audience.
The collaborative effort of more than 300 specialists working under the direction of distinguished scholar and editor Emmanuel S. Nelson, the encyclopedia also benefits from the guidance of an exceptional advisory board, including: ; Kenneth J. Cerniglia ; Roberta Fernandez ; Thomas S. Gladsky ; Guiyou Huang ; Arnold Krupat ; Paul Lauter ; Ann R. Shapiro ; And Loretta G. Woodard.
Because American society is increasingly diverse, students need to understand and value the perspectives and experiences of different ethnic groups. Literature presents social history in capsule form, and this encyclopedia will be a crucial reference for high school students and teachers interested in understanding contemporary American society. Public libraries, especially those serving ethnic communities, will also welcome this valuable resource, as will colleges and universities.
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The most ambitious work of its kind, this encyclopedia provides more than 1100 biographical and topical entries by more than 300 scholars and reflects the vast cultural diversity of American literature.About the Author:
Emmanuel S. Nelson is Professor of English at the State University of New York, College at Cortland. His many books include African American Dramatists: An A-to-Z Guide (2004), African American Authors, 1745-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (2000), and Contemporary African American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (1999), all available from Greenwood Press.
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Book Description Greenwood, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0313330611
Book Description Greenwood, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0313330611