New Strangers in Paradise: The Immigrant Experience and Contemporary American Fiction (Hardback)

by Gilbert H. Muller

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Historians and social scientists have frequently examined the impact of post-war immigration on American culture. Until now, literary critics have not.

New Strangers in Paradise offers the first in-depth account of the ways in which contemporary American fiction has been shaped by the successive weaves of immigrants to reach U.S. shores in the past fifty years. Gilbert Muller reveals how the intersections of peoples, regions, and competing cultural histories have remade the American cultural landscape in the aftermath of World War II.

Muller focuses on Holocaust survivors, Chicanos, Latinos, African Carribeans, and Asian Americans. In their quest for an American identity, each of these groups has sought and revitalized the America dream of riches and bounty for all.

The successive waves of immigrants are examined in the cultural and historical context both on America and of the lands from which they originated. Muller offers a fresh perspective on the writings of Vladimir Nabokov, Saul Bellow, William Styron, Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Oscar Hijuelos, Jamaica Kincaid, Bharati Mukherjee, Rudolfo Anaya, and many others. These writers cross and recross national boundaries, creating a new canon that reveals the evolution of a multi-cultural, pluralistic, incipiently transnational civilization.

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