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Designed to encourage readers to read and think critically, compassionately, and globally, this comprehensive collection of contemporary writing in English spotlights English as an international literary language. The broad range of genres from some of the world's finest writers, cross diverse gender, generational and ethnic lines. Breadth and quality of essays, memoirs, poems and stories cover such enduring themes as heritage, family, community, identity and autonomy, love and commitment, (post) colonization, the immigrant experience and alienation. For individuals interested in expanding the boarders of their reading to include a showcase of English language literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130166654
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/6/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 649
  • Sales rank: 509,655
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE R. BOZZINI (Ph.D. Georgetown University, 1971) has been a member of the George Washington University faculty since 1972. He is an Associate Professor of English and English as a Foreign Language.

Cynthia A. Leenerts (Ph.D. George Washington University, 1997) has been on the George Washington University faculty since 1994. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of English.

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Table of Contents


1. Heritage, Family, Community.

It Was a Long Time Before, Leslie Marmon Silko. Ah Mah, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim. Grandfather at Noon: Lahore, 1957, Julian Samuel. Grandma's Tales, Andrew Lam. Why a Robin?, Shashi Deshpande. Friend of My Youth, Alice Munro. A Rose in the Heart of New York, Edna O'Brien. My Mother, Jamaica Kincaid. Anoma, Punyakante Wijenaike. The Gift, Li-Young Lee. Goalie, Rudy Thauberger. Digging, Seamus Heaney. The Next Life, Peter Ho Davies. A Family Supper, Kazuo Ishiguro. It Used to Be Green Once, Patricia Grace. Jewish Christmas, Faye Moskowitz. The Holiday Season, Jane Shore.

2. Identity and Autonomy.

For My People, Margaret Walker. El Grupo McDonald's, Nick Carbó. Kicking the Habit, Lawson Fusao Inada. The Day They Burned the Books, Jean Rhys. Thread, Stuart Dybek. Good Girls Are Bad News, Subhadra Sen Gupta. The Creation, Maxine Clair. Death by Music, Rukun Advani. Mother Dressmaking. Flying to Belfast. A Martian Sends a Postcard Home, Craig Raine. Of Rabbi Yose, A Winter Visit, Of Itzig and His Dog, Dannie Abse.

3. Love and Commitment.

Wonderful People, Richard Hagopian. The Tenant, Bharati Mukherjee. Epithalamium, Andrew Motion. The Wedding Feast at Cana, Benjamin Alire Saenz. The Bridegroom, Ha Jin. Licks of Love in the Heart of the Cold War, John Updike. Yellow Woman, Leslie Marmon Silko. Postcard, Margaret Atwood. Incompatibilities, Ted Hughes. Shanti, Vikram Chandra.


4. (Post) Colonization.

‘Commonwealth Literature' Does Not Exist, Salman Rushdie. The Song of Ourselves, Chinua Achebe. dis poem, Mutabaruka. Dead Men's Path, Chinua Achebe. The Lemon Orchard, Alex La Guma. The Return, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o. In the Shadow of War, Ben Okri. In the Hills, Christine Craig. And So It Came to Pass, Funso Ayejina. The Coming of Day, Yao Egblewogbe. No Coffin, No Grave, Jared Angira. Africa Kills Her Sun, Ken Saro-Wiwa.

5. The Immigrant Experience.

Crickets, Robert Olen Butler. New York Day Women, Edwidge Danticat. A Wedding in Spring, George Lamming. Woman with Kite, Chitra Divakaruni. Dinakdakan, Maria Luisa B. Aguilar-Cariño. Assimilation, Eugene Gloria. Pacific Crossing, Vince Gotera. Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter, Chitra Divakaruni.

6. Alienation.

Once Upon a Time, Nadine Gordimer. White Fantasy—Black Fact, Jack Davis. Village, Estela Portillo Trambley. Hiroshima. The Northern Ireland Question, Peace, Desmond Egan. Crocodile, Albert Wendt. The Blue Donkey, Apotheosis, Suniti Namjoshi. Or Else, the Lightning God, Catherine Lim. The Loons, Margaret Laurence. A New Wardrobe for Rainbow Jack, Herb Wharton. The Wife Who Spoke Japanese in Her Sleep, Vivienne Plumb. Chew You Up and Spit You Out, Fay Weldon.


7. Nature, Faith, Spirit.

A Boy in a Snow Shower, James Mackay Brown. Sweet, Sweet Corn, Garrison Keillor. One of the Wild Beautiful Creatures, N. Scott Momaday. Atmospheric Phenomenon: The Art of Hurricanes, Victor Hernandez Cruz. Pantoum of the Great Depression, Donald Justice. Waiting for a Turn, Ken Lipenga. The Spell and the Ever-Changing Moon, Rukhsana Ahmed. Easter Sunday Morning, Hazel D. Campbell. Under the Banyan Tree, R.K. Narayan. No Music before Mosque, Zebun-Nissa Hamidulla. The Rain Came, Grace Ogot. The Miracle, Ba'Bila Mutia. The Collector of Treasures, Bessie Head. Midnight Soldiers, Vishwapriya Iyengar. The Farewell Party, Anita Desai. Poem for the End of the Century, John Haines. The Season of Phantasmal Peace, Derek Walcott.


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