American Literature in the World: An Anthology from Anne Bradstreet to Octavia Butler by Wai-Chee DimockAmerican Literature in the World: An Anthology from Anne Bradstreet to Octavia Butler by Wai-Chee Dimock

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

EditorWai-Chee Dimock

Paperback | January 31, 2017

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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 www.amlitintheworld.yale.edu complements the anthology.

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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Title:American Literature in the World: An Anthology from Anne Bradstreet to Octavia ButlerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:504 pagesPublished:January 31, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. WarBeginningsAnne 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, 1792Haitian Revolution, 1791-1804Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Monroe, July 14, 1793Victor Séjour, "The Mulatto"Mexican War, 1846-1848Henry David Thoreau, "Resistance to Civil Government"Revolutionary Europe, 1848-1849Margaret Fuller, Dispatch 29Spanish-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 FranceRita Dove, "The Return of Lieutenant James Reese Europe"Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939Muriel Rukeyser, MediterraneanLangston 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 WillieT. S. Eliot, "Little Gidding," from Four QuartetsKurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-FiveJonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseArt Spiegelman, MausJorie Graham, "Soldatenfriedhof"William Faulkner, "Two Soldiers"Norman Mailer, The Naked and the DeadJohn Hersey, HiroshimaLeslie Marmon Silko, CeremonyChang-Rae Lee, A Gesture LifePhilip K. Dick, The Man in the High CastleKorean War, 1950-1953Thomas McGrath, "Ode for the American Dead in Asia"Myung Mi Kim, "Under Flag"Cuban Revolution, 1959Jay Cantor, The Death of Che GuevaraVietnam War, 1955-1975Michael Herr, DispatchesYusef Komunyakaa, "Tu Do Street"W. S. Merwin, "The Asians Dying"Maxine Hong Kingston, China MenLatin American State Violence, 1947-1991Joan Didion, SalvadorJunot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoMiddle Eastern Conflict, 1991-presentPhilip Roth, Operation ShylockMichael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen's UnionNaomi Shihab Nye, "For Mohammed Zeid of Gaza, Age 15"II. FoodScarcity and HungerÁlvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, La RelaciónMary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of GodLouise Erdrich, "Captivity"Theodore Roosevelt, The Rough RidersE. E. Cummings, The Enormous RoomAmy Tan, The Kitchen God's WifeHa Jin, War TrashSharon Olds, "The Food-Thief"Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of DarknessProcuring, Preparing, and ConsumingHerman Melville, "Stubb's Supper," from Moby-DickJack London, "The Water Baby"Upton Sinclair, The JungleWilla Cather, Death Comes for the ArchbishopAlice B. Toklas, The Alice B. Toklas CookbookMonique Truong, The Book of SaltNatasha 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 WorldCristina García, Dreaming in CubanJamaica Kincaid, Annie JohnJulia Alvarez, How the García Girls Lost Their AccentsEdwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, MemoryJhumpa 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 ChinaRuth Ozeki, My Year of MeatsGary Shteyngart, AbsurdistanBrainy FruitMarianne Moore, "Nine Nectarines and Other Porcelain"Gary Snyder, "Mu Chi's Persimmons"Richard Blanco, "Mango No. 61"III. Work, Play, TravelVarieties of FieldworkFrederick Douglass, Letter to William Lloyd Garrison, March 27, 1846Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble FaunHenry James, The AmericanRichard Wright, Black PowerNorman Rush, MatingRobert Hass, "Ezra Pound's Proposition"Robert Pinsky, "The Banknote"Karen Tei Yamashita, Through the Arc of the Rain ForestAgha Shahid Ali, "In Search of Evanescence"Rivalries and PartnershipsHerman Melville, "The Monkey Rope," from Moby-DickHarriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's CabinW. E. B. Du Bois, Dark PrincessJohn Steinbeck, East of EdenLangston Hughes, "Something in Common"James Baldwin, "Encounter on the Seine: Black Meets Brown"Maya Angelou, All God's Children Need Traveling ShoesIshmael Reed, Flight to CanadaAudre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My NameRaymond Chandler, The Long GoodbyeRolando Hinojosa, Partners in CrimeSherman 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, BanjoAmiri Baraka, Blues PeopleToni Morrison, Song of SolomonRobert Pinsky, "Ginza Samba"IV. ReligionsFaith Without DogmaOlaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah EquianoGeorge Washington, Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, August 21, 1790Benjamin Franklin, "A Parable Against Persecution"Thomas Paine, "Profession of Faith"Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Divinity School Address"Herman Melville, "A Bosom Friend," from Moby-DickEmily Dickinson, "The Bible is an Antique Volume" and "Apparently with No Surprise"Zitkala-Sa, "Why I Am a Pagan"Vernacular DevotionsZora Neale Hurston, Moses, Man of the MountainGloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La FronteraN. Scott Momaday, House Made of DawnDenise Levertov, "The Altars in the Street"Gary Snyder, "Grace"Jack Kerouac, The Dharma BumsJoanne Kyger, "Here in Oaxaca It's the Night of the Radishes"Many IslamsWashington Irving, "Legend of the Arabian Astrologer"Paul Bowles, The Spider's HouseMalcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm XJohn Updike, TerroristMohsin Hamid, The Reluctant FundamentalistThe Grateful Dead, "Blues for Allah"V. Human and Nonhuman InterfacesAntsHenry David Thoreau, WaldenMarianne Moore, "Critics and Connoisseurs"Ezra Pound, Canto LXXX IRobert Lowell, "Ants"Toni Morrison, Tar BabyBarbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood BibleCommodities and MarketsElizabeth Alexander, "Amistad"Herman Melville, "The Advocate," from Moby-DickFrank Norris, The OctopusJohn Dos Passos, The Big MoneyDave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng, What Is the WhatDestructive AgentsJack London, "The Scarlet Plague"Saul Bellow, Henderson the Rain KingRobert 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, RobotRichard Powers, Galatea 2.2William Gibson, NeuromancerRay Bradbury, The Martian ChroniclesPhilip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Octavia Butler, DawnNotesPermissionsIndex of AuthorsGeneral Index

Editorial Reviews

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.