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Sollors, Werner

Works: 82 works in 402 publications in 5 languages and 20,573 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Fiction  History  Literatures  Autobiographies  Essays  Poetry  Drama  Art 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Publishing director, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works by Werner Sollors
Beyond ethnicity : consent and descent in American culture by Werner Sollors( )

29 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and Italian and held by 2,513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new literary history of America by Greil Marcus( Book )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 2,230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America is a nation making itself up as it goes along--a story of discovery and invention unfolding in speeches and images, letters and poetry, unprecedented feats of scholarship and imagination. In these myriad, multiform, endlessly changing expressions of the American experience, the authors and editors of this volume find a new American history. In more than two hundred original essays, this book brings together the nation's many voices. From the first conception of a New World in the sixteenth century to the latest re-envisioning of that world in cartoons, television, science fiction, and hip hop, the book gives us a new, kaleidoscopic view of what "Made in America" means. Literature, music, film, art, history, science, philosophy, political rhetoric--cultural creations of every kind appear in relation to each other, and to the time and place that give them shape--From publisher description
The Invention of ethnicity by Werner Sollors( )

30 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 2,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays attempts to provide a new critical framework for understanding not only ethnic literature, but also its underlying psychological, historical, social and cultural forces
Interracialism : black-white intermarriage in American history, literature, and law by Werner Sollors( )

15 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interracialism, or marriage between members of different races, has formed, torn apart, defined and divided our nation since its earliest history. This collection explores the primary texts of interracialism as a means of addressing core issues in our racial identity. Ranging from Hannah Arendt to George Schuyler and from Pace v. Alabama to Loving v. Virginia, it provides extraordinary resources for faculty and students in English, American and Ethnic Studies as well as for general readers interested in race relations. By bringing together a selection of historically significant documents and of the best essays and scholarship on the subject of "miscegenation," interracialism demonstrates that notions of race can be fruitfully approached from the vantage point of the denial of interracialism that typically informs racial ideologies
Stories, novels & essays : the conjure woman ; The wife of his youth and other stories of the color line ; The house behind the cedars ; The marrow of tradition ; Uncollected stories ; Selected essays by Charles W Chesnutt( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles W. Chesnutt broke new ground in American literature with searching explorations of the meaning of race and innovative use of African American speech and folklore. Rejecting genteel Victorian hypocrisy about miscegenation, lynching, and "passing," Chesnutt exposed the deformed logic of Jim Crow with novels and stories of formal clarity-creating, in the process, the modern African American novel. The Conjure Woman (1899) introduced Chesnutt to the public as a writer of "conjure" tales, stories that explore black folklore and supernaturalism. That same year, he published The Wife of His Youth, and Other Stories of the Color Line, stories set in Chesnutt's native North Carolina that dramatize the legacies of slavery and Reconstruction at the turn of the century. His first novel, The House Behind the Cedars (1900) tells, as no previous novel ever had, of racial passing. The Marrow of Tradition (1901), Chesnutt's masterpiece, is a powerful and bitter novel about the harsh reassertion of white dominance in a southern town at the end of the Reconstruction era, based largely on the Wilmington race riot. Nine uncollected short stories, including conjure tales omitted from The Conjure Woman, round out a selection of the author's fiction. Eight essays highlight Chesnutt's prescient views on the paradoxes of race relations in America and the definition of race itself. -- Publisher description
The temptation of despair : tales of the 1940s by Werner Sollors( )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Germany, the years immediately following World War II call forward images of obliterated cities, hungry refugees, and ghostly monuments to Nazi crimes. The temptation of despair was hard to resist, and to contemporary observers the road toward democracy in the Western zones of occupation seemed rather uncertain. Drawing on a vast array of American, German, and other sources--diaries, photographs, newspaper articles, government reports, essays, works of fiction, and film--Werner Sollors makes visceral the experiences of defeat and liberation, homelessness and repatriation, concentration camps and denazification. These tales reveal writers, visual artists, and filmmakers as well as common people struggling to express the sheer magnitude of the human catastrophe they witnessed. Some relied on traditional images of suffering and death, on Biblical scenes of the Flood and the Apocalypse. Others shaped the mangled, nightmarish landscape through abstract or surreal forms of art. Still others turned to irony and black humor to cope with the incongruities around them. Questions about guilt and complicity in a totalitarian country were raised by awareness of the Holocaust, making "After Dachau" a new epoch in Western history. The Temptation of Despair is a book about coming to terms with the mid-1940s, the contradictory emotions of a defeated people--sorrow and anger, guilt and pride, despondency and resilience--as well as the ambiguities and paradoxes of Allied victory and occupation."--Publisher information
Neither black nor white yet both : thematic explorations of interracial literature by Werner Sollors( Book )

30 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 1,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the etymological origins of the term "race" to the cultural sources of the "Tragic Mulatto," and from the calculus of color to the retellings of an original plot, Sollors examines the theming of what we know about race. The book analyzes recurrent motifs in scientific and legal works as well as in fiction, drama, and poetry, considering such authors as Heliodorus, John Stedman, Buffon, Thomas Jefferson, Heinrich von Kleist, Victor Hugo, Aleksandr Sergeevic Puskin, Hans Christian Andersen, Lydia Marie Child, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Wells Brown, Mark Twain, Charles Chesnutt, Kate Chopin, Cirilo Villaverde, Aluisio Azevedo, Pauline Hopkins, Langston Hughes, Jessie Fauset, William Faulkner, and Boris Vian
Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones : the quest for a "populist modernism" by Werner Sollors( Book )

13 editions published in 1978 in 3 languages and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Challenges of diversity : essays on America by Werner Sollors( )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What unites and what divides Americans as a nation? Who are we, and can we strike a balance between an emphasis on our divergent ethnic origins and what we have in common? Opening with a survey of American literature through the vantage point of ethnicity, Werner Sollors examines our evolving understanding of ourselves as an Anglo-American nation to a multicultural one and the key role writing has played in that process. Challenges of Diversity contains stories of American myths of arrival (pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, slave ships at Jamestown, steerage passengers at Ellis Island), the powerful rhetoric of egalitarian promise in the Declaration of Independence and the heterogeneous ends to which it has been put, and the recurring tropes of multiculturalism over time (e pluribus unum, melting pot, cultural pluralism). Sollors suggests that although the transformation of this settler country into a polyethnic and self-consciously multicultural nation may appear as a story of great progress toward the fulfillment of egalitarian ideals, deepening economic inequality actually exacerbates the divisions among Americans today"--
An anthology of interracial literature : Black-white contacts in the Old World and the New( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Black Columbiad : defining moments in African American literature and culture by Werner Sollors( Book )

16 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Multilingual America : transnationalism, ethnicity, and the languages of American literature( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theories of ethnicity : a classical reader( Book )

25 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the horrors of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia to debates over multiculturalism, ethnicity has, once again, become a global preoccupation. But what exactly do we mean when we speak of ethnicity? And when and how did ethnicity become such an important area of cultural expression and identification that people are ready to die and to kill for it? Gathering the work of some of our most original thinkers, this work provides, in one volume, the most probing and frequently cited considerations of such topics as the melting pot and pluralism, race and race problems, migration and marginality, assimilation and transnationalism, intermarriage, kinship and religion, boundary-construction and maintenance, and the important role of power relations for ethnicity. Contributors include such intellects as Max Weber, Carl Gustav Jung, Margaret Mead, Georg Simmel, Erik Erikson, Karl Mannheim, Fredrik Barth, and Herbert Gans. This work grounds much current sociological, cultural, and political research on ethnicity in a theoretical foundation that has heretofore been lacking, providing an historical base for ongoing and future work on this timely subject
The return of thematic criticism( Book )

13 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Multilingual anthology of American literature : a reader of original texts with English translations( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Multiple languages and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Multilingual Anthology of American Literature brings together American writings in diverse languages from Arabic and Spanish to Swedish and Yiddish, among others. Presenting each work in its original language with facing page translation, the book provides an important complement to all other anthologies of American writing, and will serve to complicate our understanding of what exactly American literature is."
Blacks at Harvard : a documentary history of African-American experience at Harvard and Radcliffe by Werner Sollors( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of blacks at Harvard mirrors, for better or for worse, the history of blacks in the United States. Harvard, too, has been indelibly scarred by slavery, exclusion, segregation, and other forms of racist oppression. At the same time, the nation's oldest university has also, at various times, stimulated, supported, or allowed itself to be influenced by the various reform movements that have dramatically changed the nature of race relations across the nation. The story of blacks at Harvard is thus inspiring but painful, instructive but ambiguous--a paradoxical episode in the most vexing
The interesting narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African by Olaudah Equiano( Book )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and Spanish and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Criticism" includes six contemporary reviews of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. Nine modern essays are contributed by Paul Edwards, Charles T. Davis, Houston A. Baker, Jr., Angelo Costanzo, Catherine Obianju Acholonu, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Geraldine Murphy, Adam Potkay, and Robert J. Allison." "A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included."--Jacket
Georges by Alexandre Dumas( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Georges Munier is a sensitive boy growing up in the nineteenth century on the island of Mauritius. The son of a wealthy mulatto, Pierre Munier, Georges regularly sees how his father's courage is tempered by a sense of inferiority before whites and Georges vows that he will be different." "When Georges matures into a man committed to "moral superiority mixed with physical strength," the stage is set for a conflict with the island's rich and powerful plantation owner, Monsieur de Malmedie, and a forbidden romance with Sara, the beautiful woman engaged to Malmedie's son." "Swordplay, a slave rebellion, a harrowing escape, and a vow of vengeance - Georges is unmistakably the work of the master who wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. Yet it stands apart as the only book Dumas ever wrote that confronts the subject of race - a potent topic, since Dumas was of African ancestry himself." "This edition also features a Foreword by Jamaica Kincaid and an Introduction and notes by Werner Sollors, who addresses key themes such as colonialism, racism, African slavery, and interracial intimacy."--Jacket
The promised land : by Mary Antin by Mary Antin( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An extraordinary popular success when it was first published in 1912, a classic account of the Jewish American immigrant experience interweaves autobiography with history, introspection and political commentary, as the author recounts the process of uprooting, transportation, and assimilation in her new home, and reveals the impact of a new culture on her family
African American writing : a literary approach by Werner Sollors( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

8. Of Mules and Mares in a Land of Difference -- or, Quadrupeds All? -- 9. The Autobiography of W.E.B. Du Bois -- 10. Owls and Rats in the American Funnyhouse: Adrienne Kennedy's Drama -- 11. LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Dutchman -- 12. Obligations to Negroes Who Would Be Kin if They Were Not Negro -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index
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Beyond ethnicity : consent and descent in American culture
A new literary history of AmericaThe Invention of ethnicityInterracialism : black-white intermarriage in American history, literature, and lawStories, novels & essays : the conjure woman ; The wife of his youth and other stories of the color line ; The house behind the cedars ; The marrow of tradition ; Uncollected stories ; Selected essaysNeither black nor white yet both : thematic explorations of interracial literatureAn anthology of interracial literature : Black-white contacts in the Old World and the NewThe Black Columbiad : defining moments in African American literature and cultureMultilingual America : transnationalism, ethnicity, and the languages of American literature
Alternative Names
Sollors, Werner Max 1943-

Werner Sollors German academic