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Beyond Ethnicity : Consent and Descent in American Culture - 86 edition

Beyond Ethnicity : Consent and Descent in American Culture (ISBN10: 0195051939; ISBN13: 9780195051933)
ISBN13: 978-0195051933
ISBN10: 0195051939

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0195036947
ISBN10: 0195036948

Summary: Nothing is "pure" in America, and, indeed, the rich ethnic mix that constitutes our society accounts for much of its amazing vitality. Werner Sollors's new book takes a wide-ranging look at the role of "ethnicity" in American literature and what that literature has said--and continues to say--about our diverse culture. Ethnic consciousness, he contends, is a constituent feature of modernism, not modernism's antithesis.

Discussing works f
rom every period of American history, Sollors focuses particularly on the tension between "descent" and "consent"--between the concern for one's racial, ethnic, and familial heritage and the conflicting desire to choose one's own destiny, even if that choice goes against one's heritage. Some of the stories Sollors examines are retellings of the biblical Exodus--stories in which Americans of the most diverse origins have painted their own histories as an escape from bondage or a search for a new Canaan. Other stories are "American-made" tales of melting-pot romance, which may either triumph in intermarriage, accompanied by new world symphonies, or end with the lovers' death. Still other stories concern voyages of self-discovery in which the hero attempts to steer a perilous course between stubborn traditionalism and total assimilation. And then there are the generational sagas, in which, as if by magic, the third generation emerges as the fulfillment of their forebears' dream.

Citing examples that range from the writings of Cotton Mather to Liquid Sky (a "post-punk" science fiction film directed by a Russian emigre), Sollors shows how the creators of American culture have generally been attracted to what is most new and modern.

A fascinating account of the intersection of literature and culture on the topic of ethnicity, spans Puritan autobiographies, to 20th-century Afro-American and immigrant experiences.

An ambitious attempt to provide an overarching theoretical framework with which to view all ethnic writing.

A provocative and original look at "ethnicity" in American literature
  • Covers stories from all periods of our nation's history
  • Relates ethnic literature to the principle of literary modernism
...show more
Summary: Nothing is "pure" in America, and, indeed, the rich ethnic mix that constitutes our society accounts for much of its amazing vitality. Werner Sollors's new book takes a wide-ranging look at the role of "ethnicity" in American literature and what that literature has said--and continues to say--about our diverse culture. Ethnic consciousness, he contends, is a constituent feature of modernism, not modernism's antithesis.

Discussing works from every period of American history, Sollors focuses particularly on the tension between "descent" and "consent"--between the concern for one's racial, ethnic, and familial heritage and the conflicting desire to choose one's own destiny, even if that choice goes against one's heritage. Some of the stories Sollors examines are retellings of the biblical Exodus--stories in which Americans of the most diverse origins have painted their own histories as an escape from bondage or a search for a new Canaan. Other stories are "American-made" tales of melting-pot romance, which may either triumph in intermarriage, accompanied by new world symphonies, or end with the lovers' death. Still other stories concern voyages of self-discovery in which the hero attempts to steer a perilous course between stubborn traditionalism and total assimilation. And then there are the generational sagas, in which, as if by magic, the third generation emerges as the fulfillment of their forebears' dream.

Citing examples that range from the writings of Cotton Mather to Liquid Sky (a "post-punk" science fiction film directed by a Russian emigre), Sollors shows how the creators of American culture have generally been attracted to what is most new and modern.

A fascinating account of the intersection of literature and culture on the topic of ethnicity, spans Puritan autobiographies, to 20th-century Afro-American and immigrant experiences.

An ambitious attempt to provide an overarching theoretical framework with which to view all ethnic writing.

A provocative and original look at "ethnicity" in American literature
  • Covers stories from all periods of our nation's history
  • Relates ethnic literature to the principle of literary modernism
...show less

Edition/Copyright: 86
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 10/29/1987
International: No

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