Emigration and Immigration in Literature Critical Response - Essay

Critical Response

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SELECTED CRITICISM AND PUBLIC RESPONSE TO U.S. IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE LITERATURES

The public response to immigrant literatures is tied in to larger questions concerning how American society received literally millions of newcomers to their land during the Great Wave of Migration. Cultural and social issues, such as racist attitudes to immigrants, are complex, for example, racism can occur among, or between, different immigrant groups, not just between Americans and newcomers. As an example of such a complexity, historian Gerald Sorin has examined the causes of German Jews in America taking an anti-immigrant stance against Russian Jews in the 1880s (a stance which later changed into a...

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