Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States

Multi-Ethnic Literature Of The United States

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Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) is a scholarly journal first published in 1974. The journal is a non-profit publication published quarterly by The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (also known as MELUS) and the University of Connecticut. The aim of the journal and the Society is "to expand the definition of American literature through the study and teaching of Latino American, Native American, African American, Asian and Pacific American, and ethnically specific Euro-American literary works, their authors, and their cultural contexts."

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The society was formed in response to the continued practice at the MLA annual conference's American Literature section of discussing only works by white men. The society was founded at the following year's conference, and within a few months had almost 100 members. At the conference the following year (1974), society members formally proclaimed their demand, "We must expand the canon of American literature!" In the early years, the society was relegated to the Foreign Languages division of the conference, because they refused to accept that American literature can only refer to English-language works. At this time, the society's goals included the recovery of lost works by minority authors, the compilation of bibliographies of minority literature, and the enlisting of the aid of ethnic studies scholars in all...
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