Cover, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

This book would not have been possible without those scholars whose recovery work and critical consideration of ethnic American realist writers form the foundation of this study. Among them is the incomparable James...

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1. Diversity in the Age of Realism

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pp. 1-29

Between 1890 and 1915, an unprecedented number of works by immigrants, African Americans, and American Indians were being published in the United States, but their contributions to American literature are only beginning to be fully...

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2. Mary Antin and Assimilation

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pp. 30-54

Since the publication of her autobiography The Promised Land in 1912, Mary Antin has been both commended and disparaged for her adamant belief in Americanization. However, her book contains a much more complex depiction...

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3. Ambiguity and Affiliation: The Stories and Essays of Zitkala-Ša

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pp. 55-88

In the writings of Zitkala-Ša, a rejection of American identity coexists with a sense that a traditional tribal identity is no longer viable once the process of assimilation begins. What emerges is a profound ambivalence: the record...

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4. Race and Nation in the Novels of Sutton E. Griggs

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pp. 89-117

In the post-Reconstruction era, many African American writers were calling for social justice in the face of widespread disfranchisement, increased lynchings, and the creation of segregation laws throughout the South...

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5. The Multicultural Perspective of Sui Sin Far

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pp. 118-150

Sui Sin Far’s short stories are significant contributions to American literature because of their early insights into the possibilities of diversity. Through the cross-cultural scenarios that she creates in her fiction, Sui Sin Far is able to explore...

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6. Conclusion: American Narratives

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pp. 151-164

Ethnic American writers in the age of realism gave a more balanced picture of their respective cultures than the racist, stereotypical, or romantic depictions of immigrants and people of color found in popular literature and the press...

Appendix: Selected List of Realist Texts That Address Ethnicity

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pp. 165-169

Notes

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pp. 171-187

Works Cited

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pp. 189-197

Index

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pp. 199-204