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Online Databases: To search for articles and background information about Ethnic Literatures--including Latino/Latina, African American,Native American, Asian, and World Indigenous Literatures--try these databases:
Collects poetry by the most important African American poets of the 20th century. Contains over 9,000 poems from over 100 complete editions by 46 poets, including Rita Dove, Robert Hayden, and Langston Hughes. Also includes biographies.
A cross-cultural database that contains information on all aspects of cultural and social life. The eHRAF database is unique in that information is organized into cultures and ethnic groups and full-text sources are subject-indexed at the paragraph level.
Full text collection of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. This collection of articles, editorials, columns, reviews, etc. provides a broad diversity of perspectives and viewpoints.
Contains information about North, Central and South America, the Arctic and Antarctica and the West Indies. Includes books, pamphlets, serials and other documents that provide original accounts of exploration, trade, colonialism, slavery and abolition, Native Americans, and much more.
An extensive, multimedia resource on the history, politics, and culture of African Americans, edited by Henry Louis Gates. Includes general reference, scholarly articles, maps, charts, images, and primary sources such as letters, diaries, tracts, and sermons.
There is growing awareness of the tremendous impact Latino writers have had on the recent literary scene, yet not all readers have the background to fully appreciate the merits and meanings of works like "House on Mango Street," "Line of the Sun," "Bless Me Ultima," and "In the Time of Butterflies." Offering analysis of their most important, popular, and frequently assigned fictional works, this book surveys the contributions of eight notable Latino writers: Julia Alvarez, Rodolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Diaz, Christina Garia, Oscar Hijuelos, Ortiz Cofer, and Ernesto Quinonez.
The Cambridge History of Latin American Literature is by far the most comprehensive work of its kind ever written. Its three volumes cover the whole sweep of Latin American literature (including Brazilian) from pre-Columbian times to the present, and contain chapters on Latin American writing in the USA. Over forty specialists in North America, Latin America and Britain have contributed to what is not only the most reliable, up-to-date, and convenient reference work on its subject, but also a set of books containing innovative approaches and fresh research that will expand and animate the field for years to come. The History is unique in its thorough coverage of previously neglected areas, in its detailed discussion of countless writers in various genres, and in its inclusion of extensive annotated bibliographies. Volume 1 begins with pre-Columbian traditions and their first contact with European culture, continuing through to the end of the nineteenth century. New World historiography, epic poetry, theatre, the novel, and the essay form are among the areas covered in this comprehensive and authoritative treatment.
A breathtaking achievement, this Concise Companion is a suitable crown to the astonishing production in African American literature and criticism that has swept over American literary studies in the last two decades. It offers an enormous range of writers-from Sojourner Truth to FrederickDouglass, from Zora Neale Hurston to Ralph Ellison, and from Toni Morrison to August Wilson. It contains entries on major works (including synopses of novels), such as Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Richard Wright's Native Son, and Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.