“Emergent U.S. Literatures will be an essential text for understanding the historical forces at work in the ways in which we define American literature today. An ambitious piece of scholarship, Cyrus Patell draws from an impressive knowledge of major works in emergent literatures, showing us not only how these literatures have developed in conversation with each other but also pushing us to think about the cosmopolitan nature of creative expression.”
—Min Hyoung Song, author of The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American
"[S]tudents and scholars will benefit from reading the book as a whole; beyond the historical scope, the book's primary advantage is that it will give readers numerous ideas about texts they might be interested in investigating in greater detail."
“[…] Patell’s brief assessment of each author or text provides a useful stepping stone for other scholars who can build on his work, so the book concludes by opening up the debate and paving the way for others to join in.”
—The Review of English Studies
“In Emergent U.S. Literatures Cyrus R.K. Patell makes a key distinction between the previously preferred term multicultural and newly favored word cosmopolitan when describing what he calls ‘emergent literatures.’”
— American Literary Scholarship
“Patell’s close reading of a wide array of writers—Jessica Hagedorn, Leslie Marmon Silko, Paul Monette, and N. Scott Momaday, among others—is skillful and sensitive.”
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