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American Visions offers a rich sampling of literature for writing classes with a multicultural perspective, exploring the historical context and contemporary relevance of major themes that have shaped our consciousness as a nation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559343220
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION: READING MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE
The Literature of Diversity / Reading Imaginative Literature / Responding to a Poem / Responding to a Short Story / Responding to a Play /
1. NEW WORLD: THE PROMISE OF AMERICA
Poems: Louis Simpson, To the Western World / Stephen Berg, Five Aztec Poems / Anne Bradstreet, To the Memory of My Father / Archibald MacLeish, To Thomas Jefferson, Esquire / Documents: The Mayflower Covenant / Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence / Essay: Douglas L. Wilson, Jefferson and the Equality of Man / Oratory: Frederick Douglass, Independence Day Speech / Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Address on Women’s Rights /
2. NEW NATION: THE ONE AND THE MANY
Poems: Walt Whitman, I Understand the Large Heart of Heroes / Leroy V. Quintana, Legacy II / Joan I. Siegel, After the Funeral / Mitsuye Yamada, Marriage Was a Foreign Country / Letter / St. Jean De Crèvecoeur, What Is an American? / Fiction: Ellen Glasgow, Only Yesterday / Mary Gordon, Eileen / Sandra Cisneros, Mexicans / Play / David Henry Hwang, The Dance and the Railroad /
3. NATIVE AMERICANS: RECLAIMING THE PAST
Poems: N. Scott Momaday, New World / Nila Northsun, Moving Camp Too Far / Diane Burns, Sure You Can Ask Me a Personal Question / Joy Harjo, Leaving / Mary Mackey, When I Was a Child I Played with the Boys / Fiction: Craig Strete, Lives Far Child / Essay: Paula Gunn Allen, Where I Come From Is Like This / Fiction: Leslie Marmon Silko, Private Property / Louise Erdrich, The Red Convertible /
4. AMERICAN INDIVIDUALISM: A DIFFERENT DRUMMER
Poems: Emily Dickinson, A BirdCame Down the Walk; Hope is the thing with feathers; the Soul selects her own Society; I’m Nobody! Who are you?; Much Madness is divinest Sense / Essay: Henry David Thoreau, Where I Lived and What I Lived For / Fiction: William Faulkner, The Tall Men / Richard Wright, A Separate Road / Ursula K. LeGuin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas / Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find /
5. BEYOND OPTIMISM: THE END OF INNOCENCE
Poems: Sylvia Plath, Frog Autumn / Edna St. Vincent Millay,, Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies / Sharon Olds, The Possessive / Martin Espada, Latin Night at the Pawnshop / Fiction: Mark Twain, A Day in Arkansaw / Stephen Crane, The Blue Hotel / John Dos Passos, The House of Morgan; Vag / Shirley Jackson, The Lottery / Donald Barthelme, The School /
6. BLACK IDENTITY: LET MY PEOPLE GO
Poems: Traditional Spiritual, Sometimes I Feel Like an Eagle in the Air / Robert Hayden, Runagate, Runagate / Dudley Randall, Ballad of Birmingham / Mari Evans, I Am a Black Woman / Alice Walker, Women / Fiction: Paul Laurence Dunbar, The Ingrate / Toni Morrison, 1920 / Essay: James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son (Part I) / Fiction: Alice Walker, Roselily / Monologue: Ntozake Shange, toussaint /
7. CITYSCAPES: CONTEXTS FOR LIVING
Poems: Langston Hughes, Pennsylvania Station / Carl Sandburg, Prayers of Steel; Chicago / Gwendolyn Brooks, The Boy Died in My Alley / Robert Lowell, The Mouth of the Hudson / Olga Carol, Life and Death among the Xerox People / Fiction: Bernard Malamud, The Magic Barrel / Nelson Algren, A Bottle of Milk for Mother / Toni Cade Bambara, Raymond’s Run / Ray Bradbury, The Pedestrian /
8. DESPERATE GLORY: WAR AND ITS AFTERMATH
Poems: Walt Whitman, A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim / Dave Smith, On a Field Trip at Fredericksburg / Edna St. Vincent Millay, Apostrophe to Man / Gwendolyn Brooks, Piano after War / Denise Levertov, What Were They Like? / Oratory: Abraham Lincoln, Address at the Dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg; Second Inaugural Address / Fiction: Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge / Ernest Hemingway, In Another Country / Poems: Violet Kazue Matsuda, Internment Camp Haiku / Fiction: Tim O’Brien, Going After Cacciato /
9. INNER QUEST: THE SEARCHING SELF
Poems: Nikki Giovanni, Woman / Gary Snyder, After Work / Adrienne Rich, Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers / Denise Levertov, The Mutes / Judy Grahn, Lesbians Love to Dance / Fiction: Kate Chopin, The Story of an Hour / John Steinbeck, The Chrysanthemums / Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh / Terry McMillan, Quilting on the Rebound / Amy Tan, Jing-Mei Woo: Two Kinds /
10. AMERICAN MOSAIC: MULTICULTURAL AMERICA
Poems: Cathy Song, Lost Sister / Gary Soto, Oranges / Czeslaw Milosz, Incantation / Chitra Divakaruni, Indian Movie, New Jersey / Fiction: Estela Portillo, The Pilgrim / Maxine Hong Kingston, Twisters and Shouters / Leslea Newman, A Letter to Harvey Milk / Bharati Mukherjee, A Wife’s Story / Play / Luis Valdesz, Los Vendidos /
11. INVISIBLE WALLS: THE UNTAPPED POTENTIAL
Poems: Anne Sexton, Ringing the Bells / Audre Lord, Sister Outsider / John Heaviside, A Gathering of Deafs / Lucille Clifton, The 1st / Memoir / David Mamet, The Rake: Scenes from My Childhood / Fiction: Richard Umas, Speech / Raymond Carver, A Small, Good Thing / Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper / Play / Susan Glaspell, Trifles /
12. REGAINED ROOTS: ENCOUNTERING NATURE
Poems: Dana Gioia, California Hills in August / Rita Dove, Horse and Tree / James Wright, A Finch Sitting Out a Windstorm / Galway Kinnell, To Christ Our Lord / Margaret Atwood, Dreams of the Animals / Nonfiction / Victor Villaseñor, Rain of Gold / Fiction: Herman Melville, Moby Dick: First Day of the Chase / Jack London, To Build a Fire / Essays: Annie Dillard, Looking Spring in the Eye / Wendell Berry, The Journey’s End /
13. WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE
The Responsive Reader: Clustering / Running Commentary / The Personal Connection / Writing about a Poem: Poetic Language / Central Symbol / Pattern / Poetic Form / Sample Student Paper: Tigers and Terrified Hands / Writing about a Character: Pushing toward a Thesis / Structuring the Paper / Sample Student Paper: Yellow Woman / Writing about a Theme: Setting / Symbol / Key Event / Supporting Detail / Sample Student Paper: Hemingway and the World of Illusion / Comparing and Contrasting / Sample Student Paper: Today We Have Naming of Parts / Writing the Documented Paper: Finding Promising Leads / Taking Notes / Documenting Sources / Revising / Sample Student Paper: Emily Dickinson’s Strange Irreverence /
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