A. Robert Lee: Writing Multicultural America – The Powers of Canon and Ethnicity

Posted: September 30, 2015
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Writing Multicultural America: The Powers of Canon and Ethnicity
A. Robert Lee
The Fifth Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship 2015
Keynote Address

 

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Writing Multicultural America: The Powers of Canon and Ethnicity

A. Robert Lee
Formerly The University of Kent, UK, and Nihon University, Tokyo

A. Robert Lee presented his keynote address “Writing Multicultural America: The Powers of Canon and Ethnicity” at the Fifth Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship 2015 in Osaka, Japan, on April 2, 2015.

Excerpt

Multicultural America. Canon. Ethnicity. Together they constitute no small mouthful. Each comes freighted in offence and defence, embattlement, and in few greater respects than the American 1960s as change-era with, in its turn, the ensuing so-called Culture Wars. The cry had gone up. Identity politics was to have its long overdue redress, ethnic, feminist, gay, disability: no pre-emptive one America but multi-America. To tackle even selectively the literary authorship involved, the extraordinary surge and interlace of narrative, verse, theatre, life and discursive writing, and popular culture, requires both general compass and necessary particularity of voice. No small challenge.
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