Emigration and Immigration in Literature Literary Relevance Of The Literature Of The Immigrant Experience - Essay

Literary Relevance Of The Literature Of The Immigrant Experience

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

WHY THE GENRE IS IMPORTANT/STUDIED

The diverse literature of the U.S. immigrant experience provides the reader with a wealth of information: historical, cultural, financial, psychological, but most of all, and most importantly, personal information. General historical data concerning the Great Wave of Immigration often consists of facts and figures, statistics and charts; the literary texts of the immigrant experience, be they autobiographical or fictional, share one central feature: the use of narrative, of story-telling, with character development, asides, anecdotes, colorful detail and observations rich in emotion. In other words, the literary texts can do more than complement so-called...

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