Another setting, Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, where thousands of Chinese immigrants were shelley fisher fishkin writing america until its closing inis also the source of literature born of suffering.
In detailed explorations of thirteen sites spanning wide swaths of time and geography, Fishkin weaves a tapestry of culture, history, and individuals, many not in the forefront of the accepted American literary canon, that underscores the critical importance of background elements often shelley fisher fishkin writing america, even by those who appreciate the great American "classics.
Others, like that of the parlor of the Paul Laurence Dunbar House in Dayton, Ohio, likely less familiar, illustrate the economic status he achieved, despite the obstacles faced by an African American of his era attempting to survive on his writing.
By Shelley Fisher Fishkin. As it turns out, I was right. Some photos can be described as downright chilling, or revolting, like the portrait of the assembled family of Japanese ancestry, packed, tagged and awaiting transport to an internment camp in or the still depicting the prelude to a lynching of a black man--actually a white actor in blackface--from the film The Birth of a Nation.
In this case it is the poetry scrawled on its walls in Chinese characters by detainees who, as Fishkin observes, "were.
Some are familiar to students of American literature, e. A portrait of the Lower East Side and its tenements and sweatshops, for example, underscores the determination required to escape, in short respites, its unrelenting stress through creations like the vital Yiddish theatres of the first decades of the twentieth century.
This book lists and describes over sites on the National Register of historic sites with connections to American literary creations and focuses more narrowly on thirteen of these sites and regions to highlight the diversity mirrored by the writing of authors including the well known, e.
The connections between person, place, experience and, ultimately, writing, are frequently demonstrated through discussion of individual perspectives and selective samplings from the writings of the authors.
Among the other strong endorsements of this book, that of Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, that "Writing America is a triumph of scholarship and passion, a profound exploration of the many worlds which comprise our national canon. Photographic portraits of writers like Anzia Yezierska, a Russian immigrant settling in the tenements of New York in the s, or Arthur Schomburg, whose lifelong dedication made available an archive of writings by African American writers that would otherwise be lost, attest to the comprehensive nature of each of these multi-faceted vignettes, not to mention the monumental achievement this work represents from the perspective of pure research.
A photo of the populated reading room at the th Street branch of the New York Public Library gives us a glimpse of the living center of the Harlem Renaissance of the s. Instead, she gives equal attention to lesser-known writers produced by several minority populations living and thriving in America: A book with this effect, even on its publication, can confidently be predicted to encourage a paradigm-shifting look at authors and their inspirations, including the terrain in which their writing is rooted.
Elsewhere, Morris Rosenfeld, writing in Yiddish, conveys, in "The Sweatshop," the dehumanizing impact of the mind-numbing work which was too often the fate of the immigrant seeking a better life in the New World.
Every reader of Writing America will approach it with their individual reading histories, likely giving rise to other possible choices and preferences of venues for discussions of connections between writers, places and cultures.
Reviewed for the Mark Twain Forum by: Literary Landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee, Shelley Fisher Fishkin provides a concise statement of her mission, giving notice that her book "examines intersections between public history and literary history, exploring the physical places that shaped the lives and the art of authors who had a major impact on American literary history.
Common to many of these explorations is a focus on the racial, ethnic, political and economic barriers encountered by sub-populations whose experience of the dominant culture is documented in a variety of literary forms.
These vignettes can be seen as repetitions of a template for future readings, i. As an abstraction, it is easy to accept the proposition that all great writing is in some way connected to time and place, but Writing America renders this assumption so obvious that its readers are less likely to engage with fiction writing absent an implanted predisposition to hunt for its roots beyond even the imagination of the writers included in this unique survey.
In the process of reading this book, the reader is exposed to descriptions of a variety of environments that fostered unique perspectives of the Americas as lived in by their chroniclers.
As Fishkin puts it in the introduction of Writing America, E. Most readers who are not literature majors--including this reviewer--will finish reading this book with the distinct feeling that they have been cheated in their heretofore lack of awareness of the scope of the real American literary canon.
In one of the latter chapters, "American Writers and Dreams of the Silver Screen," writer David Bradley provides a very personal account of the fear and alarm engendered by D.
In subsequent chapters, the suffering and predations endured by African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, European immigrants populating the tenements of turn-of-the-century New York, and Mexican American writers of the border regions are sometimes laid bare in painful, undeniable detail, as the impetus for great writing produced by each of these American populations.
Martin Zehr In her introduction to Writing America: But there is also a chapter highlighting a number of Native American writers who were highly influenced by what they or their ancestors saw and experienced at Wounded Knee, and another on Asian American writers that focuses largely on the impact of the Japanese internment camps of World War II.
There is also a full chapter dedicated to the impact that the Harlem neighborhood of New York had on multiple generations of African American writers, and a particularly eye-opening one on the wonderful Mexican-American writers produced along the border that Texas shares with Mexico.
Rutgers University Press, My own trip found me visiting cities and small towns that influenced, and were influenced by, such writers as William Faulkner, Harper Lee, Richard Wright, and Tennessee Williams — all of whom are among the most well-known authors this country has produced.
The following review appeared 14 December on the Mark Twain Forum. More important, however, is the all-encompassing perspective intentionally adopted by Fishkin as a framework for consideration of each of the separate authors and subcultures chosen for Writing America.
Anyone wishing to pursue one of these explorations in detail has as a convenient starting point the extensive reference listings included in the "For Further Reading" sections at the end of each chapter."Shelley Fisher Fishkin's Writing America is an uncommon travel narrative.
Fishkin takes the National Register of Historic Places as a starting point to develop a diverse literary itinerary for the nation. Read "Writing America Literary Landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee (A Reader's Companion)" by Shelley Fisher Fishkin with Rakuten Kobo.
Winner of the John S. Tuckey Lifetime Achievement Award for Mark Twain Scholarship from The Center for Mark Twain S. Bio. Shelley Fisher Fishkin is the Joseph S. Atha Professor of Humanities and Professor of English at Stanford.
She is Director of Stanford's American Studies Program and is also Co-Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford. In her introduction to Writing America: Literary Landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee, Shelley Fisher Fishkin provides a concise statement of her mission, giving notice that her book "examines intersections between public history and literary history, exploring the physical places that shaped the lives and the art of authors who had a major.
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Shelley Fisher Fishkin. Shelley Fisher Fishkin's broad, interdisciplinary research interests have led her to focus on topics including the ways in which American writers' apprenticeships in journalism shaped their poetry and fiction.Download