The Immigrant Experience in North American Literature: Carving out a Niche

Synopsis

Although many studies have been done of individual authors, at present few works exist which compare different immigrant literatures from the past and present. This work draws broad conclusions about the changes in American attitudes toward immigration and diverse cultures that are reflected in the literature. This book examines the representation of the immigrant experience in North American literature. Most of the chapters discuss the portrayal of particular ethnic groups by specific authors during a century of American and Canadian history. The introductory and concluding essays provide historical, cultural, and literary contexts for a comparative approach to the experiences of different ethnic groups.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Katherine Payant
  • Wendy Zierler
  • Martin Japtok
  • Raychel Haugrud Reiff
  • Gönül Pultar
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1999