MELUS

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

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 3, Fall

American Women Writers to 1800
American Women Writers to 1800. Edited by Sharon M. Harris. New York and Oxford: Oxford UP, 1996. xii + 452 pages. $19.95. This anthology fills a major gap, offering numerous texts that have fallen out of publication or were never printed and providing...
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An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans
An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans. Lydia Maria Child. Edited with an Introduction by Carolyn L. Karcher. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1996. 1xi + 207 pages. $40.00 cloth; $15.95 paper. Carolyn Karcher's new edition...
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August Wilson and the African-American Odyssey
August Wilson and the African-American Odyssey by Kim Pereira. Urbana and Chicago: U of Illinois P, 1996. $12.95 paper. With the publication and performance of Jitney/(1979), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1985), Fences (1987), Joe Turner's Come and...
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Beyond Bounds: Cross-Cultural Essays on Anglo, American Indian, & Chicano Literature
Beyond Bounds: Cross-Cultural Essays on Anglo, American Indian, & Chicano Literature. Robert Franklin Gish. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 1996. xiv + 170 pages. $24.95 cloth. Robert Franklin Gish declares a personal focus for his text in his...
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Beyond the Godfather: Italian American Writers on the Real Italian American Experience
Beyond the Godfather: Italian American Writers on the Real Italian American Experience. A. Kenneth Ciongoli and Jay Parini, Editors. Hanover and London: The UP of New England, 1997. xiv. 320 pages. Beyond the Godfather collects memoirs with essays...
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Ethnic Competitors in Studs Lonigan
At a public meeting of the "Bug Club," Studs Lonigan and the Fifty-Eighth Street gang learn more about some of the changes happening in their neighborhood. In the wake of the Great Migration of rural blacks to northern industrial centers after World...
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"Every Goodbye Ain't Gone": The Semiotics of Death, Mourning, and Closural Practice in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon
"... we think in terms of crisis rather than temporal ends; and make much of subtle disconfirmation and elaborate peripeteia. And we concern ourselves with the conflict between the deterministic pattern any plot suggests, and the freedom of persons...
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Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature
Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature. Rosemarie Garland Thomson. New York: Columbia UP, 1996. x + 200. $45.00 cloth, $14.50 paper. Extraordinary Bodies addresses a subject of great significance and...
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Figuras of Cultural Recognition: A Reading of Robert Viscusi's Astoria
Judging by the quantity and quality of reviews it received, a second reprint a year after its publication, and the innumerable readings its author gave over the past three years in New York and elsewhere, Robert Viscusi's Astoria has become a text...
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Flippin': Filipinos on America
Flippin': Filipinos on America. Edited by Luis H. Francia and Eric Gamalinda. New York: Asian American Writers' Workshop. 1996. 377 pages. $14.95 paper. In "Culturally We Are All Mestizos" (Budhi, II, 1998) Fernando N. Zialcita argues that Filipino...
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How the Melting Pot Stirred America: The Reception of Zangwill's Play and Theater's Role in the American Assimilation Experience
Israel Zangwill's The Melting Pot caused quite a stir in its initial run across the United States in 1908 and 1909. With Zangwill then regarded as one of the leading writers in Britain,(1) the play appeared in a succession of large theaters before...
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Mourning Dove's Cogewea: Writing Her Way into Modernity
This is the trouble, the fate of the average breed of today. They are encouraged to try forget their Indian ancestry, after they once learn the white man's books and ways. They banish the idea of old tribal customs and laugh to scorn that which was...
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Neither Black nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature
Neither Black Nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature by Werner Sollors: Oxford UP, 1997. $39.95 cloth. Books about the Civil War offer explanations for its causes and reasons for the Confederate defeat. Although founded...
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Reading Whites: Allegory in D'Arcy McNickle's Wind from an Enemy Sky
Allegory requires an appropriate audience. The effectiveness of allegory is dependent upon the reader's ability to recognize and decode extended metaphors, deciphering their meaning through a process of translation. The key for decoding the symbols...
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Reflections of Loko Miwa: A Novel
Reflections of Loko Miwa: A Novel. Lilas Desquiron. Translated from French by Robin Orr Bodkin. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 1998. xxxii + 183 pages. $55.00 cloth; $16.95 paper. Reflections of Loko Miwa by Lilas Desquiron, recently translated...
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Remembering the Dream: Alice Walker, Meridian and the Civil Rights Movement
"If the Civil Rights Movement is `dead,'(1) and if it gave us nothing else, it gave us each other forever," wrote Alice Walker in her first published essay, in 1967 (Gardens 128). Her statement is true for Walker as an African American woman and as...
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Socialism and Ethnic Solidarity: Samuel Ornitz's Haunch, Paunch and Jowl
1 Samuel Ornitz's Haunch, Paunch and Jowl (1923) was a "commercial success, selling in excess of one hundred thousand copies" at the time of its publication (Miller 210). Despite its initial success, the book has been virtually relegated to the...
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Survival's Song: Beth Brant and the Power of the Word
What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? --Audre Lorde Sometimes joyous, sometimes painful,...
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Tender Accents of Sound: Spanish in the Chicano Novel in English
Tender Accents of Sound: Spanish in the Chicano Novel in English. Ernst Rudin. Tempe: Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingue, 1996. xiii + 285 pages. $20.00. The analysis of bilingual strategies is nothing new to Chicano/a social and literary studies....
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The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson
The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson by Sandra D. Shannon. Washington: Howard UP, 1996. $17.95 paper With the publication and performance of Jitney/(1979), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1985), Fences (1987), Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1988), The Piano...
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The Irish Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett
The Irish Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett. Jack Morgan and Louis Renza, Editors. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1996. iii + 149 pages. $24.95 cloth. Editors Jack Morgan and Louis Renza made a wise choice when they decided to compile and publish...
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The Oxford W.E.B. Du Bois Reader
The Oxford W.E.B. Du Bois Reader. Ed. Eric J. Sundquist. New York: Oxford UP, 1996. 680 pages. $26.95 paper. If the quality of a reader or anthology can be determined largely by how teachable it makes the subject that it documents and how accurately...
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The Young Paul Robeson: "On My Journey Now"
The Young Paul Robeson: "On My Journey Now." Lloyd L. Brown. Boulder and Oxford: Westview Press, 1997. XX + 186 pages. $18.00 paper. Paul Robeson's lifetime accomplishments are worthy of a pack of high achievers: All-American football player, honors...
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Trouble No More
Trouble No More. Anthony Grooms. Palo Alto, California: La Questa Press, 1996. 190 pages. $11.00 paper. While reading Anthony Grooms's collection of short stories, Trouble No More, I was reminded of Darius Krishnaraj's question, "Are browns allowed...
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