Emergent U.S. Literatures: From Multiculturalism to Cosmopolitanism in the Late Twentieth Century

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Emergent U.S. Literatures introduces readers to the foundational writers and texts produced by four literary traditions associated with late-twentieth-century US multiculturalism. Examining writing by Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and gay and lesbian Americans after 1968, Cyrus R. K. Patell compares and historicizes what might be characterized as the minority literatures within “U.S. minority literature.” Drawing on recent theories of cosmopolitanism, Patell presents methods for mapping the overlapping concerns of the texts and authors of these literatures during the late twentieth century. He discusses the ways in which literary marginalization and cultural hybridity combine to create the grounds for literature that is truly “emergent” in Raymond Williams’s sense of the term-literature that produces “new meanings and values, new practices, new relationships and kinds of relationships” in tension with the dominant, mainstream culture of the United States. By enabling us to see the American literary canon through the prism of hybrid identities and cultures, these texts require us to reevaluate what it means to write (and read) in the American grain. Emergent U.S.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherNew York University Press
Number of pages285
ISBN (Electronic)9781479879502
ISBN (Print)9781479893720
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Emergent Literatures
  • US Novel
  • US Fiction
  • American Novel
  • American Fiction
  • Minority Discourse
  • Native American Novel
  • Chicano Novel
  • Asian American Novel
  • LGBTQ Novel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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