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Alaimo, Stacy. “Multiculturalism and Epistemic Rupture: The Vanishing Acts of Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Alfredo Véa, Jr.” MELUS 25, no. 2 (summer 2000): 164-85.

Alaimo discusses the theories of Gómez-Peña and Véa, Jr. regarding the perspective of the “subject”—or “Anglo consciousness”—toward the object, or “the Other,” in multicultural studies.

Carpenter, Carole H. “Enlisting Children's Literature in the Goals of Multiculturalism.” Mosaic 29, no. 3 (September 1996): 53-73.

Carpenter explores ways in which children's literature serves to “colonize and politicize” readers and draws parallels to the treatment of “minorities” in multicultural literature.

D'Souza, Dinesh. Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus, New York, N.Y.: Vintage Books, 1992, 319 p.

D'Souza presents a detailed examination of the treatment of race, gender, and multiculturalism at several universities in the United States.

Ferraro, Thomas J. Ethnic Passages: Literary Immigrants in Twentieth-Century America, Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago, 1993, 229 p.

Ferraro focuses on literature by and about twentieth-century immigrants in the U.S., ranging from Mario Puzo's The Godfather to Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior.

Foster, Thomas. “‘Kick[ing] the Perpendiculars outta Right Anglos’: Edward Dorn's Multiculturalism.” Contemporary Literature 38, no. 1 (spring 1997): 78-105.

Foster analyses Edward Dorn's poem Gunslinger within the context of Dorn's challenge of the prevailing cultural authority.

Huggan, Graham, and Winfried Slemerling. “U.S./Canadian Writers' Perspectives on the Multiculturalism Debate.” Canadian Literature, no. 164 (spring 2000): 82-111.

Huggan and Slemerling present a transcript of a roundtable discussion at Harvard University involving U.S. and Canadian writers and their ideas about multicultural literature.

Hutcheon, Linda. “Productive Comparative Angst: Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism.” World Literature Today 69, no. 2 (spring 1995): 299-303.

Hutcheon comments on the artistic and political challenges of translation in the context of the teaching and study of comparative literature.

Iyer, Pico. “The Last Refuge: On the Promise of the New Canadian Fiction.” Harper's 304, no. 1825 (June 2002): 77-80.

Iyer discusses some contemporary Canadian fiction in terms of the social and literary models it provides for multicultural writing.

Meehan, Kevin. “Caribbean versus United States: Racial Categories in Three Caribbean American Coming of Age Stories.” Narrative 7, no. 3 (October 1999): 259-71.

Meehan explores how the protagonists come to terms with race and politics in three novels by Jamaica Kincaid, Edward Rivera, and Paule Marshall.

Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M. The Disuniting of America, New York, N.Y.: W. W. Norton & Company, 1992, 208 p.

Schlesinger debates the reasons behind the success—and failure—of multiculturalism in U.S. society.

Smith, Jeanne R. “Rethinking American Culture: Maxine Hong Kingston's Cross-Cultural Tripmaster Monkey.Modern Language Studies 26, no. 4 (fall 1996): 71-81.

Smith asserts that the narrative in Tripmaster Monkey mirrors the modern writer's attempt to forge a style and language that will encompass multiculturalism.

Verhoeven, W. M. “How Hyphenated Can You Get?: A Critique of Pure Ethnicity.” Mosaic 29, no. 3 (September 1996): 97-116.

Verhoeven examines the ideological and political underpinnings of literature written by “hyphenated” multiracial authors in the U.S. and Canada.

Additional coverage of Multiculturalism in Literature and Education is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 70.