Multi-America: Essays on Cultural Wars and Cultural Peace (Paperback)

Essays on Cultural Wars and Cultural Peace

By Ishmael Reed (Editor), Ishmael Reed (Introduction by)

Penguin Books, 9780140259124, 496pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 1998

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Description

An exhilarating mix of unpredictable points of view . . . there's real vitality in this anthology's crazy-quilt vision of America. Kirkus Reviews
Is there such a thing as American culture? No, says Ishmael Reed, the editor of this refreshing anthology and a longtime critic of the mainstream media which, he insists, marginalizes non-Anglo, non-Yankee cultures. In this impressive collection of dissenting voices, Reed and other African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, and Irish-Americans speak out against monoculturalism and provide perspectives from points of view frequently omitted from the discussion of race in the United States.
Addressing a broad variety of issues including assimilation; racial conflicts between minorities and within the gay rights movement; victimization; and stereotyping these essays by notable writers, teachers, students, and professionals take us far beyond the issues of black vs. white and often veer toward the controversial. Stimulating, unpredictable, and provocative, Multi-America introduces the authentic voices of Rainbow America in all their diverse, angry, proud, celebratory glory.
Contributors include:
Miguel Algarin
Amiri Baraka
Ana Castillo
Frank Chin
Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Jack Foley
Robert Elliot Fox
Daniela Gioseffi
Nathan Hare
Juan Felipe Herrera
Helen Barolini
Maulana Karenga
Martin Kilson
Elaine H. Kim
Bharati Mukherjee
Leslie Marmon Silko
Barbara Smith
Werner Sollors
Gerald Vizenor
William Wong.


About the Author

Ishmael Reed is one of America's most renowned African-American writers. He is the author of plays, poetry and novels, including Japanese by Spring. He lives in Oakland, California.Ishmael Reed is one of America's most renowned African-American writers. He is the author of plays, poetry and novels, including Japanese by Spring. He lives in Oakland, California.
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