Kaleidoscope: Stories of the American Experience

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorBarbara Perkins, George Perkins

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This innovative multicultural reader gathers together diaries, histories, autobiographies, short stories, and excerpts from novels to bring the many facets of the American experience to life, from sixteenth-century explorations to this century's ongoing saga of immigration and acculturation.Extending the traditional boundaries of the American literary canon, the editors first offer a comprehensive overview of the history of multicultural social and literary patterns in the United States, and then present a wealth of richly diverse stories--construing that term in the broadest possiblesense--from both celebrated and lesser-known authors emphasizing pluralistic experience. Whenever possible, they present narratives of cross-cultural contact and exchange, rather than reports of cultures observed in isolation. Offering a uniquely broad range of readings within a strong thematicstructure, Kaleidoscope is an enjoyable and enlightening reader for anyone interested in American literature and history, or the new emphasis on multiculturalism.

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This innovative multicultural reader gathers together diaries, histories, autobiographies, short stories, and excerpts from novels to bring the many facets of the American experience to life, from sixteenth-century explorations to this century's ongoing saga of immigration and acculturation.Extending the traditional boundaries of the A...

George Perkins is editor of The American Tradition in Literature (Seventh Edition, 1990), the leading American literature survey text. George and Barbara Perkins are co-authors or co-editors of Contemporary American Literature (1988), The Reader's Encyclopedia of American literature (1991), and Women's Work: American Literature by Wo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 6.14 × 9.25 × 1.22 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Introduction: The American Multicultural Experience; Notes toward UnderstandingGiovanni da Verrazzano (c. 1485-1528): Verrazzano's Voyage: 1524Alva Nunez Cabeza de Vaca (c. 1490-1557): [from] The Narrative of Cabeza de VacaSamuel de Champlain (c. 1567-1635): [from] Voyages of Samuel de ChamplainJohn Smith (1580-1631): [from] The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer IslesWilliam Bradford (1590-1657): [from] Of Plymouth PlantationMary Rowlandson (1636?-1711?): [from] A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary RowlandsonJames Smith (1737-1812): [from] An Account of the Remarkable Occurrences in the Life and Travels of Col. James SmithOlaudah Equiano (1745?-1797?): [from] The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah EquianoCharles Johnston (1769-1833): [from] A Narrative of the Incidents Attending the Capture, Detention, and Ransom of Charles Johnston of VirginiaFrances Trollope (1780-1863): [from] Domestic Manners of the AmericansWashington Irving (1783-1859): Rip Van WinkleJohn James Audubon (1785-1851): The PrairieWilliam Apes (1798-?): [from] A Son of the ForestNathaniel Hawthore (1804-1864): The Maypole of Merry MountWilliam Gilmore Simms (1806-1870): The Two CampsHarriet Jacobs (c. 1813-1897): [from] Incidents in the Life of a Slave GirlFrederick Douglass (c. 1815-1862): [from] The Heroic SlaveFrancis Parkman (1823-1893): [from] La Salle and the Discovery of the Great WestRebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910): John LamarGeorge Washington Cable (1844-1925): "Posson Jone'"Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (1844-1891): [from] Life Among the PiutesKate Chopin (1851-1904): La Belle ZoraideCharles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932): The Sheriff's ChildrenAbraham Cahan (1860-1951): CircumstancesEdith Maud Eaton (Sui Sin Far) (1865-1914): Willa Cather (1873-1947): Neighbour RosickyOle Rolvaag (1876-1931): [from] Giants in the EarthMary Antin (1881-1949): [from] The Promised LandZora Neale Hurston (1891-1960): [from] Dust Tracks on the RoadJohn Joseph Mathews (c. 1894-1979): [from] Wah'kon-TahMichael Gold (1894-1967): [from] Jews Without MoneyJean Toomer (1894-1967): [from] BeckyWilliam Faulkner (1897-1962): A JusticeVladimir Nabokov (1899-1977): [from] PninJames T. Farrell (1904- ): StudsWilliam Saroyan (1908-1981): Antranik of ArmeniaRichard Wright (1908-1960): [from] Black BoyJerre Mangione (1909- ): [from] Mount AllegroPietro Di Donato (1911- ): [from] Christ in ConcreteCarlos Bulosan (1913-1956): [from] America Is in the HeartRalph Ellison (1914- ): Flying HomeSaul Bellow (1915- ): A Silver DishLouis Chu (1915-1970): [from] Eat a Bowl of TeaYoshiko Uchida (1921- ): Tears of AutumnJohn Okada (1923-1971): [from] No-No BoyMaya Angelou (1928- ): [from] I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsNash Candelaria (1928- ): El PatronToni Morrison (1931- ): [from] SulaVed Mehta (1934- ): [from] Sound-Shadows of the New WorldN. Scott Momaday (1934- ): [from] The Way to Rainy MountainMaxine Hong Kingston (1940- ): The Grandfather of the Sierra Nevada MountainsDaniela Gioseffi (1941- ): Rosa in Television LandJoseph Geha (1944- ): News from PhoenixCharles Johnson (1948- ): Exchange ValueLeslie Marmon Silko (1948- ): The Man to Send Rain CloudsJamaica Kincaid (1949- ): MariahAmy Tan (1952- ): Half and HalfLouise Erdrich (1954- ): The Red Convertible

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