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Ammons, Elizabeth
Brave new words : how literature will save the planet / Elizabeth Ammons
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, c2010
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PS169.S57 A44 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) American literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc
Social change -- Philosophy
Humanism -- Social aspects
Social problems in literature
Social justice in literature
Humanism in literature
Literature and morals
Literature and society
Physical Description xiv, 197 p. ; 21 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [179]-190) and index
Contents Postmodern fundamentalism -- What David Walker and Harriet Beecher Stowe still have to teach us -- The multicultural imperative -- Rising waters -- Jesus, Marx, and the future of the planet
Summary Brave New Words challenges present and future literary scholars and teachers to look beyond mere literary critique toward the concrete issue of social change and how to achieve it. Calling for a profound realignment of thought and spirit in the service of positive social change, Ammons argues for the continued importance of multiculturalism in the twenty-first century despite attacks on the concept from both right and left. Concentrating on activist U.S. writers- from ecocritics to feminists to those dedicated to exposing race and class biases, from Jim Wallis and Cornel West to Winona LaDuke and Paula Moya and many others- she calls for all humanists to link their work to the progressive literature of the last half century, to insist on activism in the service of positive change as part of their mission, and to teach the power of hope and action to their students

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