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Global Cultures: A Transnational Short Fiction Reader
     

Global Cultures: A Transnational Short Fiction Reader

by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl (Editor)
 

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Over the past two decades, sweeping political changes and burgeoning new technologies have resulted in communities being increasingly defined in global as well as regional and national terms. Although the intellectual terra nova of world cultures remains largely uncharted, this anthology of sixty-two stories from around the non-Euro-American world provides what

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Over the past two decades, sweeping political changes and burgeoning new technologies have resulted in communities being increasingly defined in global as well as regional and national terms. Although the intellectual terra nova of world cultures remains largely uncharted, this anthology of sixty-two stories from around the non-Euro-American world provides what Elisabeth Young-Bruehl calls “an introductory map to the great wealth of literary works now being produced in, at once, the particular settings of the writers’ experiences and the global setting.”

Young-Bruehl finds that while the cultural diversity the stories exemplify is amazing, so too is the similarity in thematic terms of the concerns that this diversity presents. Thus she organized Global Cultures thematically to highlight and clarify how these worldwide cultures both converge and diverge. A comprehensive general introduction outlines forces behind the transnational approach to literary study and chapter introductions contextualize each story. Stories from India, Cuba, South Africa, and Uruguay are connected by the theme of exile and immigration; tales from Nigeria, Guatemala, Cameroon, and Egypt share a theme of political violence and civil uprisings; works from Taiwan, Chile, Jamaica, and Syria describe commonalities of women facing effects of modernization, prejudice, war, and immigration.

Global Cultures contributes to the fast-growing body of contemporary short fictions newly available in English and is an invaluable resource to meet the need for multicultural literature.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819562821
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
12/09/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
539
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.14(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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