Global Cultures: A Transnational Short Fiction Reader

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Overview

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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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: 12/9/1994
  • Pages: 539
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ELISABETH YOUNG-BRUEHL is professor of General Programs at Haverford College and editor of Freud on Women: A Reader (1990). Her books include Creative Characters (1991), Mind and the Body Politic (1989), Anna Freud: A Biography (1988), and the prizewinning Hannah Arendt: For the Love of the World (1982).
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
An American in New York 4
A Callow Fellow of Jewish Descent 12
Las Papas 30
The Innocents 34
The Influence of Edgar A. Poe in the Poetry of Raimundo Arias 39
Exile 50
Exiles 64
Everything Counts 85
Homecoming 90
El bacalao viene de mas lejos y se come aqui 97
End of a Story 102
Lend Me Your Light 118
Letter from Gaza 134
Loyalties 143
Peace and War 146
Masks 148
In the Shade of a Little Old Lady in Flower 150
Girls at War 157
An Easy Death 169
No Escape 174
Guatemala 1954 - Funeral for a Bird 187
The Point of No Return 192
Death of a Son 204
Dust 212
A Brief History of Capitalism 222
Close to the Earth 226
Clamor of Innocence 230
And We Sold the Rain 236
Mister Taylor 244
Daba-Daba 249
The Girl and the River 257
The Tower of Babel 261
In the Cutting of a Drink 270
The Homecoming Stranger 276
The Rain Came 292
The Lovers 300
Whistle 316
Pilar, Your Curls 317
Solitude of Blood 321
The Long Night of Winter 338
The Marsh 342
Story of the Name 349
The Clearing 356
A March Guayacan 362
The Thursday Wife 365
Estefania 375
The March 378
My Mother 381
The Women's Baths 387
Amanda 395
Madness 407
The Spider's Web 426
The Smallest Woman in the World 434
Heaven Is Not Closed 441
The Pine Gate 447
Kaijek the Songman 454
Last Night I Dreamt of You 461
Integration 478
A Way of Talking 484
You Wouldn't Understand 488
Ati-Atihan 491
Index of Authors and Titles 507
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