The Invention of Ethnicity

Paperback | October 1, 1987

EditorWerner Sollors

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This important new collection of interdisciplinary essays sets out to chart the cultural construction of "ethnicity" as embodied in American ethnic literature. Looking at a diverse set of texts, the contributors place the subject in broad historical and dynamic contexts, focusing on the largersystems within which ethnic distinctions emerge and obtain recognition. It provides a new critical framework for understanding not only ethnic literature, but also the underlying psychological, historical, social, and cultural forces. Table of Contents: On the Fourth of July in Sitka, IshmaelReed. Introduction: The Invention of Ethnicity, Werner Sollors. An American Writer, Richard Rodriguez. A Plea for Fictional Histories and Old-Time "Jewesses", Alide Cagidemetrio. Ethnicity as Festive Culture: Nineteenth-Century German-America on Parade, Kathleen Conzen. Defining the Race,1890-1930, Judith Stein. Anzia Yezierska and the Making of an Ethnic American Self, Mary Dearborn. Deviant Girls and Dissatisfied Women: A Sociologist's Tale, Carla Cappeti. Ethnic Trilogies: A Genealogical and Generational Poetics, William Boelhower. Blood in the Market Place: The Business ofFamily in the Godfather Narratives, Thomas Ferraro. Comping for Count Basie, Albert Murray. Is Ethnicity Obsolete, Ishmael Reed, Andrew Hope, Shawn Wong, and Bob Callahan.

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This important new collection of interdisciplinary essays charts the cultural construction of 'ethnicity' as embodied in American ethnic literature.

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This important new collection of interdisciplinary essays sets out to chart the cultural construction of "ethnicity" as embodied in American ethnic literature. Looking at a diverse set of texts, the contributors place the subject in broad historical and dynamic contexts, focusing on the largersystems within which ethnic distinctions em...

Werner Sollors is at Harvard University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.55 × 0.87 inPublished:October 1, 1987Publisher:Oxford University Press

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This important new collection of interdisciplinary essays charts the cultural construction of 'ethnicity' as embodied in American ethnic literature.

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"Given a cultural moment in which the concept of "ethnic minorities" is rapidly becoming an outdated, and inaccurate, assessment of the American landscape, this is a valuable, perhaps indispensable, book.--"Journal of Modern Literature