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

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

by Patricia D. Netzley
 

Impassioned social protest writers inspire readers to relive injustice, empathize with its victims, and take action. The more than 450 entries in this volume survey the most important protest works of our time as well as the classics of the past.

• Extensive cross-references direct readers to other works with similar themes

• A comprehensive

Overview

Impassioned social protest writers inspire readers to relive injustice, empathize with its victims, and take action. The more than 450 entries in this volume survey the most important protest works of our time as well as the classics of the past.

• Extensive cross-references direct readers to other works with similar themes

• A comprehensive bibliography suggests further reading

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874369809
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Series:
ABC-CLIO Literary Companion Series
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Patricia D. Netzley is a professional writer who teaches and lectures on writing.

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