Social Protest Literature: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors, and Themes

Overview

Social Protest Literature discusses the lives and concerns of more than 100 writers; analyzes each work's themes, content, and targeted social problems; provides plot synopses and character sketches; demonstrates how major literary creations represent specific ideologies; and explores key social protest concepts in the context of historical events and social and cultural milieus.

This beautifully illustrated encyclopedia focuses on recent works that look at environmentalism, ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (10) from $31.94   
  • New (5) from $84.26   
  • Used (5) from $31.94   
Sending request ...

Overview

Social Protest Literature discusses the lives and concerns of more than 100 writers; analyzes each work's themes, content, and targeted social problems; provides plot synopses and character sketches; demonstrates how major literary creations represent specific ideologies; and explores key social protest concepts in the context of historical events and social and cultural milieus.

This beautifully illustrated encyclopedia focuses on recent works that look at environmentalism, labor issues, civil rights for such marginalized groups as gays and lesbians and racial and ethnic minorities, the role of art under repressive regimes, and other timely issues.

Extensive cross-references direct readers to other works with similar themes and a comprehensive bibliography suggests further reading.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Recommended for public and academic libraries."

-

Library Journal

"…an interesting if somewhat specialized addition to the literature reference field because of its unique perspective. It could be a useful teaching tool as well as a starting point for research. Recommended for larger high school, public, and undergraduate library collections."

-

Booklist

"This work provides a good springboard for students searching for fictional works to illustrate a societal issue. Appropriate for high school and lower undergraduate students."

-

Choice

VOYA
This worthwhile volume provides an introduction to international literature that explores social issues in a variety of literary forms. Entries are arranged alphabetically by title, author, and name of main characters within individual works. Author biographies, which include Ayn Rand, George Orwell, Shirley Jackson, and Olive Schreiner, range from a paragraph to one page in length. Entries for main characters such as Shug Avery of The Color Purple (Harcourt Brace, 1992), Serena Joy from Handmaid's Tale (McClelland & Stewart, 1985), and Captain John Yossarian of Catch22 (Simon & Schuster, 1961) are similar in length. The works themselves are covered in one to twopage entries and include Les Miserables (Carleton, 1880), The Outsiders (Viking, 1967), Looking Backward 20001887 (Ticknor, 1888), and Major Barbara (Brentano's, 1913). Several photos and drawings are interspersed throughout the text. A short list of themes addressed in social protest literature includes agism, capitalism, fascism, labor issues, manorialism, peace, poverty, and slavery. The style is factual and informative, and the reader will appreciate the significance of the work, the reputation of the author, or the persona of the individual character. Although this encyclopedia would be a handy bibliographic tool, the subject of social protest is so vast that one might not find this reference comprehensive enough. Martin Luther King Jr., Nat Hentoff, Henry Roth, and "The Breadgivers" are not included. More information on censorship and banned books, McCarthyism and blacklisting, and civil disobedience and the Sixties would have improved the scope. Abbie Hoffman, William Kunstler, and "The Straw Statement" are notnoted.There is an entry for Isabel Allende, but her last mentioned work is Eva Luna (G. K. Hall, 1990, (c)1988). Although the preface incorrectly cites the title of the work as "The Encyclopedia of Social Protest Literature," this solid introduction to the concepts of social protest through the centuries belongs on the shelves of the middle school library. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. 1999, ABCCLIO, Ages 12 to 14, 295p. PLB $75. Reviewer: Nancy Zachary
Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Concentrating on literary works with a social conscience, this book provides plot summaries, along with information on the lives of authors, major characters e.g., the Joad family from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Prince Nekhludof from Leo Tolstoi's Resurrection, etc., and themes from over 130 works. The articles are arranged alphabetically; character, theme, and biographical entries are relatively brief 100-250 words, while the plot summaries are a bit more detailed 800-2000 words. Though verse is mentioned, few poems besides Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" receive individual attention. Students looking up poetry in the index will find only a reference to the introduction, an article on the "Beat Movement," and a see-also note to look for specific poets and poems. If readers don't know the names of specific poets, they won't know where to turn. And why are there no entries for Amiri Baraka or Wendell Berry, and what about the feminist poets of the `60s and `70s? There are a few holes in the encyclopedic nature of this book, but it is readable and concise and it will be useful. Black-and-white photographs, reproductions, and a number of stills from film adaptations of the works are included.-Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Offers some 450 entries surveying important social protest works. Entries discuss the lives and concerns of about 100 writers, analyze the themes and content of many works of fiction and nonfiction, provide plot synopses and character sketches, and explore social protest concepts in the context of historical events and social and cultural milieus. Extensive cross references direct readers to other works with similar themes. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874369809
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Series: ABC-CLIO Literary Companion Series
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)