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Writers of Multicultural Fiction for Young Adults: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook [Hardcover]

M. Daphne Kutzer
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Jan. 9 1996 0313293317 978-0313293313

Multicultural fiction is an essential part of the American literary landscape. This reference helps scholars, teachers, and librarians choose significant texts from both the past and present, and provides guidance in approaching multicultural issues as they are discussed in fiction for young adults. Included are entries for 51 writers, some of whom have nearly been forgotten, others who are just emerging. Each entry provides biographical, critical, and bibliographical information, while a general bibliography of works on multicultural literature concludes the book.

Authors included range from the nearly forgotten, such as Laura Adams Armer, to the newly discovered, such as Graham Salisbury, winner of the 1994 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. The breadth of authors covered ensures an historical context for the issues raised by multiculturalism, and the sections on the critical reception of each author address such important issues as the authority and authenticity of the writer to comment on a different culture. Contributors are of many different ethnicities and include important scholars of children's literature, lending authenticity and authority to the volume itself.


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"The critical analysis provides teachers and librarians with a candid, critical review of each writers' works and highlights what effect the writings have had on children's literature. Highly recommended."

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"With plenty of information given on over 50 authors, this should prove to be a valuable resource for acquisition and reference librarians as well as teachers working with children's literature. With the current emphasis on multicultural literature, it is especially pertinent. It serves the useful purpose of making all of us more aware of the excellent literature out there about a variety of groups little taught in our schools. Highly recommended for all libraries."

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"An excellent gathering of bio-analytical works which prove important to assessing and understanding multicultural developments and literary trends."

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"Students searching for information on authors will find this a valuable resource; teachers and librarians will be able to choose wisely from the sourcebook's lists to enhance multiculturalism in the curriculum. . . . Highly recommended."

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"Writers of Multicultrural Fiction for Young Adults: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook should serve well in larger collections of adolescent literature, especially in libraries where readers pursue thematic exploration of titles. It should be included in any collection which serves students studying children's literature from an academic perspective."

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The first one volume source of biographical, critical, and bibliographical information about 51 writers of multicultural fiction for young adults.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Many obscure authors June 27 2004
Format:Hardcover
American literature has produced great names, like Twain, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Kutzer here in no way gainsays the works of such luminaries. But she has given us a reference book of less known authors, that hail from other ethnic threads of the multivaried American experience. African, Asian, Latino, Native and Jewish.
For each author, she provides several pages of biography, followed by a synopsis of the author's major works and themes. Realistically, for most of the authors, this will be the longest biography they will get.
Depending on how well read you are, you may recognise some of the names. Perhaps the best known to a general audience is Isaac Bashevis Singer. Who, as his biography indicates, had the good fortune to leave Warsaw for the United States in the 1930s; avoiding the Holocaust.
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