Arab-American and Muslim Writers

Overview

The American literary canon continues to grow and change over time. This volume presents many of the key works and major figures that have shaped the Arab-American and Muslim-American literary traditions. Covering a range of authors, from pioneering voices to newly established writers, this series explores books representing a variety of genres and prominently featured in classrooms and on reading lists. Canonical works, new classics, and popular favorites are discussed and analyzed, collectively offering a ...

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Overview

The American literary canon continues to grow and change over time. This volume presents many of the key works and major figures that have shaped the Arab-American and Muslim-American literary traditions. Covering a range of authors, from pioneering voices to newly established writers, this series explores books representing a variety of genres and prominently featured in classrooms and on reading lists. Canonical works, new classics, and popular favorites are discussed and analyzed, collectively offering a glimpse of the changing landscape of literary studies in the United States today.

Multicultural Voices introduces students to some of the key authors and works that are taught and assigned in schools today. Each volume examines the origins, history, and development of a multicultural tradition that has proved an essential and vital part of American literature. Chapters on individual authors present a brief biography followed by summary and analysis of the major works and a discussion of the significant themes presented. A chronology, bibliography, and list of additional reading round out this essential resource for the literature student.

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Gr 7 Up—Layton discusses the work of Khalil Gibran, Malcolm X, Samuel Hazo, Amiri Baraka, Naomi Shihab Nye, Mona Simpson, Khaled Hosseini, Claire Messud, and Mohja Kahf. In the overview, she provides an explanation regarding her choice of authors, stating that the only thing they share is their "diversity and their unique view of and relation to their American-ness." Each author is introduced with a biographical account, followed by an analysis and summary of a selection of his or her work. A discussion of major themes follows. This text is a welcome contribution to the gap in material about Arab-American and Muslim writers. It is particularly useful for reports.—Fawzia Gilani-Williams, An-Noor School, Windsor, Ontario
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604133776
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Multicultural Voices Series
  • Pages: 130
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Overview 7

Kahlil Gibran 12

Malcolm X 22

Samuel Hazo 36

Amiri Baraka 48

Naomi Shihab Nye 58

Mona Simpson 70

Khaled Hosseini 80

Claire Messud 90

Mohja Kahf 100

Chronology 112

Additional Reading 117

Bibliography 120

Index 122

Picture Credits 129

About the Author 130

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