Bridges: Literature Across Cultures

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Gilbert H. Muller, John Alfred Williams
McGraw-Hill, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1048 pages
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This literature anthology includes around 300 stories, poems and plays. It features a mix of famous and lesser-known writers from six continents of the world. The work is organized around five themes, which relate to situations people share universally: children and families; women and men; caste and class; war and peace; faith and doubt. Within each thematic chapter there are sections on fiction, poetry and drama, and a brief introduction suggesting connections between the stories, poems and plays. Questions for discussion and writing follow each selection, and each section ends with suggested writing assignments, which should encourage students to explore ideas and themes among genres.

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Yasunari Kawabata UP IN THE TREE
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Gilbert H. Muller, who received a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Stanford University, is currently professor of English and Special Assistant to the President at the LaGuardia campus of the City University of New York. He has also taught at Stanford University, Vassar College, and several universities overseas. Dr. Muller is the author of the award-winning Nightmares and Visions: Flannery O'Connor and the Catholic Grotesque, Chester Himes, and other critical studies. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation, The Sewanee Review, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. He is also a noted author and editor of textbooks in English and composition, including The Short Prose Reader with Harvey Wiener, and with John A Williams, The McGraw-Hill Introduction to Literature, Bridges: Literature across Cultures, and Ways In: Reading and Writing about Literature. Among Dr. Muller's awards are National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship.

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