MELUS

A journal concentrating on multi-ethnic American literature for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 3, Fall

A MELUS Interview: Ana Castillo
Over the last three decades, Chicano literature has experienced its own renaissance. Many of the voices in that literary renacimiento belong to women -- by the 1990s, nearly two-thirds of the contemporary literature was being written by women. Firmly...
Answer Jazz's Call: Experiencing Toni Morrison's 'Jazz.'
Ideally, the [jazz] listener listened intently enough to join the improviser's trance. That was understood as the listener's job, the listener's act of creation. This made possible a depth of thought.... The indefinite personality...
Flowing against the Traditional Stream: Consciousness in Tillie Olsen's 'Tell Me a Riddle.' (American writer)(Interview)
Mention Tillie Olsen's "Tell Me a Riddle" in a roomful of academics, and they are likely to respond with an almost unanimous interpretation of the text. Most critics see the work as an emotional tale of a woman's re-emergence into "person-ness" after...
Looking Back: The Image of Italy in Helen Barolini's 'Umbertina.' (Italian-American Writer)
And I used to wonder about Puritan John Milton being the guest of a cardinal in Rome, she [Marguerite] thought. In this land where everything is accommodated. Where nothing is resolved because it's all an unfolding spiral. --Umbertina,...
News from L(USA)landia: Onesimo's Azorean Stories
Only this: Closed sky, hovering heron. Open sea. A distant boat's hungering prow eyeing forever those bountiful Californias. --Pedro da Silveira, "Island" (89)(1) 1 To the geographer, the Azorean archipelago, in the North Atlantic,...
"One of Dese Mornings, Bright and Fair,/ Take My Wings and Cleave De Air": The Legend of the Flying Africans and Diasporic Consciousness
"O Daedalus, Fly Away Home" Drifting night in the Georgia pines, coonskin drum and jubilee banjo. Pretty Malinda, dance with me. Night is juba, night is conjo. Pretty Malinda, dance with me. Night is an African juju man ...
Periodizing Toni Morrison's Work from 'The Bluest Eye' to 'Jazz': The Importance of 'Tar Baby.'
It is a mark of an author's status as "major" when we begin to periodize their work. William Faulkner, Adrienne Rich, William Butler Yeats, Gwendolyn Brooks, and T.S. Eliot are among the major authors for whose ouevres periods have been suggested....
Photography and the Status of Truth in Maxine Hong Kingston's 'China Men.'
In her (auto)biographical narrative China Men,(1) Maxine Hong Kingston searches for and reconstructs the history of her (fore)fathers through a complex narrative that accesses memory, "talk-story," imagination, historical "facts" and documents, photographs,...
Racial Conflict and Multiculturalism: Bernard Malamud's "The Tenants." (Black-Jewish Relations)
W.E.B. Du Bois warned in 1903 that the main problem of the twentieth century would be the color line; indeed, the burning issues of economic, social, and cultural inequality among racial groups in America were not solved, but instead became ever more...
Unappealing Ethnicity Meets Unwelcoming America: Immigrant Self-Fashioning in Mary Gordon's 'Temporary Shelter.' (Irish-American Writer)
Many academics nowadays tend to assume the redemptive power of asserting one's ethnic identity in the United States. But the issue is a complex one: all ethnicities are not equally benign, and there are a number of different relationships one may...