Global Cultures: A Transnational Short Fiction Reader

Global Cultures: A Transnational Short Fiction Reader

by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
     
 

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This anthology contains short fictions from all regions of the globe except North America, Europe, and the former Soviet Union, the regions that have been richly represented in American bookstores and published for a long time. The title of this anthology is meant to invoke not a political development like postcolonialism but rather the current worldwide… See more details below

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This anthology contains short fictions from all regions of the globe except North America, Europe, and the former Soviet Union, the regions that have been richly represented in American bookstores and published for a long time. The title of this anthology is meant to invoke not a political development like postcolonialism but rather the current worldwide publishing--or, more generally, culture distributing--revolution.

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Library Journal
Young-Bruehl, a philosopher who has published books on Anna Freud and Hannah Arendt, collected these stories while designing a class for as diverse a selection of world literature as possible. According to the author, the stories are from throughout the world with the exception of "North America, Europe, and the former Soviet Union." Nonetheless, Native American and Mexican writers, as well as writers living in North America or Europe but whose birth or ancestry can be traced to other regions, are also included. A few stories appear in translation, but the majority were written in English. The collection is divided into thematic sections-"Between Cultures," "New Nations," "Complex Communications," "Culture Clash," and "Culture Creation: Women Writing"-in which stories are combined to show the shared and contrasting elements of our "global cultures." A biographical note is included for each author. An interesting and unique collection for general readers in public or academic libraries.-Rebecca Stuhr-Rommereim, Grinnel Coll. Lib., Iowa
Kathleen Hughes
Elisabeth Young-Bruehl has edited an anthology offering a wide selection of non-Western short fiction. Included among the 61 stories are tales from South Africa, Ghana, the Philippines, India, Palestine, Nigeria, Egypt, and elsewhere. The collection reveals the richness of cultural diversity available outside the Western literary tradition. An extensive introduction helps the reader to understand more fully the book's mission: to help people think and enjoy literature more globally. Chapter introductions aid in placing each story in context and give brief background information on the author. The stories are organized according to their various themes, those from Cuba, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico focusing on tyranny and the battle to overcome imperialism; stories from India, Cuba, South Africa, and Uruguay are linked by the theme of exile; and works from Taiwan, Chile, Jamaica, and Syria describe the lives of women facing bigotry, bloodshed, and the other horrors of war. "Global Cultures" is an excellent contribution to the body of literature not in the Euro-American voice and will prove to be an invaluable tool to teachers or libraries with a multicultural audience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819552785
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
12/09/1994
Pages:
539
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.40(d)

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