Ethnic Modernism and the Making of US Literary Multiculturalism

  • Leif Sorensen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
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  3. Constrained Emergence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
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  4. Recovering Untimeliness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-254

About this book


Ethnic Modernism and the Making of US Multiculturalism in which ethnic literary modernists of the 1930s play a crucial role. Focusing on the remarkable careers of four ethnic fiction writers of the 1930s (Younghill Kang, D'Arcy McNickle, Zora Neale Hurston, and Américo Paredes) Sorensen presents a new view of the history of multicultural literature in the U.S. The first part of the book situates these authors within the modernist era to provide an alternative, multicultural vision of American modernism. The second part examines the complex reception histories of these authors' works, showing how they have been claimed or rejected as ancestors for contemporary multiethnic writing. Combining the approaches of the new modernist studies and ethnic studies, the book.


Modernism Ethnic literature Multiculturalism Américo Paredes Zora Neale Hurston Literary History America American Modernism fiction history of literature literature North America twentieth century USA

Authors and affiliations

  • Leif Sorensen
    • 1
  1. 1.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58476-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-57019-2
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