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This groundbreaking collection reinvigorates the debate over the inclusion of multiethnic literature in the American literary canon. While multiethnic literature has earned a place in the curriculum on many large campuses, it is still a controversial topic at many others, as recent campus and corporate revivals of The Great Books attest. Many still perceive multiethnic literature as being governed by ideological and political issues, perpetuating a false distinction between highbrow "literary" texts and multiethnic works.

Through historical overviews and textual analyses, the contributors not only argue for the aesthetic validity of multiethnic literature, but also examine the innovative ways in which multiethnic literature is taught and critiqued. The following questions are also addressed: Who and what determines literary value? What role do scholars, students, the reading public, book awards, and/or publishers play in affirming literary value? Taken together, these essays underscore the necessity for maintaining vibrant conversations about the place of multiethnic literature both inside and outside the academy.

"This book renews interest in an old question—what is the value of canon reform—by raising a new set of specific questions about the teaching and study of multiethnic literature. It offers a new historiography of multiethnic literature, and raises important questions about the political economy and marketing of multiculturalism." — Bill V. Mullen, coeditor of Left of the Color Line: Race, Radicalism, and Twentieth-Century Literature of the United States

"The question of what we should study (and why) is always important and timely. This collection comes at the issue from a wide variety of directions—political, social, critical, and pedagogical." — Joseph T. Skerrett Jr., editor of Literature, Race, and Ethnicity: Contesting American Identities

Contributors include Mary Jo Bona, Sarika Chandra, Kristin Czarnecki, Aureliano Maria DeSoto, Patricia Keefe Durso, June Dwyer, Joe Kraus, John Lowe, Irma Maini, Veronica Makowsky, Stephen Spencer, and Wenying Xu. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Mary Jo Bona is Associate Professor of Italian American Studies and English at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. She is the editor of several books and the author of Claiming a Tradition: Italian American Women Writers. Irma Maini is Assistant Professor of English at New Jersey City University. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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