American Literature in the World: An Anthology from Anne Bradstreet to Octavia Butler

Hardcover | January 17, 2017

EditorWai-Chee Dimock

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American Literature in the World is an innovative anthology offering a new way to understand the global forces that have shaped the making of American literature. The wide-ranging selections are structured around five interconnected nodes: war; food; work, play, and travel; religions; and human and nonhuman interfaces. Through these five categories, Wai Chee Dimock and a team of emerging scholars reveal American literature to be a complex network, informed by crosscurrents both macro and micro, with local practices intensified by international concerns. Selections include poetry from Anne Bradstreet to Jorie Graham; the fiction of Herman Melville, Gertrude Stein, and William Faulkner; Benjamin Franklin's parables; Frederick Douglass's correspondence; Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders; Langston Hughes's journalism; and excerpts from The Autobiography of Malcom X as well as Octavia Butler's Dawn. Popular genres such as the crime novels of Raymond Chandler, the comics of Art Spiegelman, the science fiction of Philip K. Dick, and recipes from Alice B. Toklas are all featured. More recent authors include Junot Diaz, Leslie Marmon Silko, Jonathan Safran Foer, Edwidge Danticat, Gary Shteyngart, and Jhumpa Lahiri. These selections speak to readers at all levels and invite them to try out fresh groupings and remap American literature. A continually updated interactive component at complements the anthology.

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American Literature in the World is an innovative anthology offering a new way to understand the global forces that have shaped the making of American literature. The wide-ranging selections are structured around five interconnected nodes: war; food; work, play, and travel; religions; and human and nonhuman interfaces. Through these f...

Wai Chee Dimock is William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. Her most recent books are Shades of the Planet: American Literature as World Literature (2007) and Through Other Continents: American Literature across Deep Time (2006). Editor of PMLA, and a film critic for the Los Angeles Review of Books...

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Introduction I. War BEGINNINGSAnne Bradstreet, "Semiramis" Louise Glück, "Parable of the Hostages" William Carlos Williams, "The Destruction of Tenochtitlan" Elizabeth Bishop, "Brazil, January 1, 1502" William Apess, "Eulogy on King Philip" FRENCH REVOLUTION, 1789-1799Thomas Jefferson, Letter to General Lafayette, June 16, 1792 HAITIAN REVOLUTION, 1791-1804Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Monroe, July 14, 1793 Victor Séjour, "The Mulatto" MEXICAN WAR, 1846-1848Henry David Thoreau, "Resistance to Civil Government" REVOLUTIONARY EUROPE, 1848-1849Margaret Fuller, Dispatch 29 SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR, 1898-1902Stephen Crane, "Stephen Crane's Vivid Story of the Battle of San Juan" Mark Twain, "Incident in the Philippines" John Ashbery, "Memories of Imperialism" WORLD WAR I, 1914-1918Edith Wharton, Fighting France Rita Dove, "The Return of Lieutenant James Reese Europe" SPANISH CIVIL WAR, 1936-1939Muriel Rukeyser, Mediterranean Langston Hughes, "Harlem Swing and Spanish Shells" Langston Hughes, "General Franco's Moors" Philip Levine, "To P.L., 1916-1937" WORLD WAR II, 1939-1945Gertrude Stein, Brewsie and Willie T. S. Eliot, "Little Gidding," from Four Quartets Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Art Spiegelman, Maus Jorie Graham, "Soldatenfriedhof " William Faulkner, "Two Soldiers" Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead John Hersey, Hiroshima Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony Chang-Rae Lee, A Gesture Life Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle KOREAN WAR, 1950-1953Thomas McGrath, "Ode for the American Dead in Asia" Myung Mi Kim, "Under Flag" CUBAN REVOLUTION, 1959Jay Cantor, The Death of Che Guevara VIETNAM WAR, 1955-1975Michael Herr, Dispatches Yusef Komunyakaa, "Tu Do Street" W. S. Merwin, "The Asians Dying" Maxine Hong Kingston, China Men LATIN AMERICAN STATE VIOLENCE, 1947-1991Joan Didion, Salvador Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao MIDDLE EASTERN CONFLICT, 1991-presentPhilip Roth, Operation Shylock Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen's Union Naomi Shihab Nye, "For Mohammed Zeid of Gaza, Age 15" II. Food SCARCITY AND HUNGERÁlvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, La Relación Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God Louise Erdrich, "Captivity" Theodore Roosevelt, The Rough Riders e. e. cummings, The Enormous Room Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife Ha Jin, War Trash Sharon Olds, "The Food-Thief" Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness PROCURING, PREPARING, AND CONSUMINGHerman Melville, "Stubb's Supper," from Moby-Dick Jack London, "The Water Baby" Upton Sinclair, The Jungle Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop Alice B. Toklas, The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook Monique Truong, The Book of Salt Natasha Trethewey, "Kitchen Maid with Supper at Emmaus, or The Mulata after the painting by Diego Velazquez, ca. 1619" Oscar Hijuelos, Our House in the Last World Cristina García, Dreaming in Cuban Jamaica Kincaid, Annie John Julia Alvarez, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents Edwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory Jhumpa Lahiri, "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine" Allen Ginsberg, "One Morning I Took a Walk in China" Gerald Vizenor, Griever: An American Monkey King in China Ruth Ozeki, My Year of Meats Gary Shteyngart, Absurdistan BRAINY FRUITMarianne Moore, "Nine Nectarines and Other Porcelain" Gary Snyder, "Mu Chi's Persimmons" Richard Blanco, "Mango No. 61" III. Work, Play, Travel VARIETIES OF FIELDWORKFrederick Douglass, Letter to William Lloyd Garrison, March 27, 1846 Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun Henry James, The American Richard Wright, Black Power Norman Rush, Mating Robert Hass, "Ezra Pound's Proposition" Robert Pinsky, "The Banknote" Karen Tei Yamashita, Through the Arc of the Rain Forest Agha Shahid Ali, "In Search of Evanescence" RIVALRIES AND PARTNERSHIPSHerman Melville, "The Monkey Rope," from Moby-Dick Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin W. E. B. Du Bois, Dark Princess John Steinbeck, East of Eden Langston Hughes, "Something in Common" James Baldwin, "Encounter on the Seine: Black Meets Brown" Maya Angelou, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes Ishmael Reed, Flight to Canada Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye Rolando Hinojosa, Partners in Crime Sherman Alexie, "The Game between the Jews and the Indians Is Tied Going Into the Bottom of the Ninth Inning" MUSIC-MAKINGWalt Whitman, "Proud Music of the Storm" Claude McKay, Banjo Amiri Baraka, Blues People Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon Robert Pinsky, "Ginza Samba" IV. Religions FAITH WITHOUT DOGMAOlaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano George Washington, Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, August 21, 1790 Benjamin Franklin, "A Parable against Persecution" Thomas Paine, "Profession of Faith" Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Divinity School Address" Herman Melville, "A Bosom Friend," from Moby-Dick Emily Dickinson, "The Bible is an Antique Volume" and "Apparently with No Surprise" Zitkala-?a, "Why I Am a Pagan" VERNACULAR DEVOTIONSZora Neale Hurston, Moses, Man of the Mountain Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera N. Scott Momaday, House Made of Dawn Denise Levertov, "The Altars in the Street" Gary Snyder, "Grace" Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums Joanne Kyger, "Here in Oaxaca It's the Night of the Radishes" MANY ISLAMSWashington Irving, "Legend of the Arabian Astrologer" Paul Bowles, The Spider's House Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X John Updike, Terrorist Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist The Grateful Dead, "Blues for Allah" V. Human and Nonhuman Interfaces ANTSHenry David Thoreau, Walden Marianne Moore, "Critics and Connoisseurs" Ezra Pound, Canto LXXX I Robert Lowell, "Ants" Toni Morrison, Tar Baby Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible COMMODITIES AND MARKETSElizabeth Alexander, "Amistad" Herman Melville, "The Advocate," from Moby-Dick Frank Norris, The Octopus John Dos Passos, The Big Money Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng, What Is the What DESTRUCTIVE AGENTSJack London, "The Scarlet Plague" Saul Bellow, Henderson the Rain King Robert Frost, "Fire and Ice" Carl Sandburg, "Buttons" Randall Jarrell, "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" Adrienne Rich, "The School Among the Ruins" Brian Turner, "Here, Bullet" George Oppen, "The Crowded Countries of the Bomb" Denise Levertov, "Dom Helder Camara at the Nuclear Test Site" NONHUMAN INTELLIGENCEIsaac Asimov, I, Robot Richard Powers, Galatea 2.2 William Gibson, Neuromancer Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Octavia Butler, Dawn Notes Permissions Index of Authors General Index

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With the inimitable vision we have come to expect from her, Dimock has assembled a nimble model for reading American literature beyond U.S. borders and traditional periodization, across both space and time. This vision of American literary history as an international, outward-facing, worldly tradition is timely and needed.