"Sollors reminds us that the value of any social construction depends on how it is used, and these essays present cogent analyses of how our use of 'ethnicity' has evolved over the years....Deserves a reading by anyone who is involved in the creation, criticism and dissemination of American culture."--VIA: Voices in Italian Americana"The introduction alone makes this book significant. With both learning and keen insight, Sollors approaches ethnicity as a modern, self-conscious construct, yet 'language does not here emerge as the new Ersatz essence that would substitute for history, the individual, or the social realm.'"--American Literature"Given a cultural moment in which the concept of "ethnic minorities" is rapidly becoming an outdated, and inaccurate, assessment of the American landscape, this is a valuable, perhaps indispensable, book.--"Journal of Modern LiteratureVom Verlag:
These essays chart the cultural constraints of 'ethnicity' in American history and culture. Sollors' introductory essay sets the framework for the discussion of ethnicity and the individual essays cover a wide range of topics: Native American, Latin-American, historical Jewish, nineteenth-century American German, American Jewish, Italian, and Afro-American.
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