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Graywolf Annual Five: Multi-Cultural Literacy
Rick Simonson (Editor)
November 1988
From Publishers Weekly
These 13 essays challenge the hegemony of white, Eurocentric and patriarchal America in refuting the canon of national culture proposed by Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind and E. D. Hirsch Jr.'s Cultural Literacy. Such luminaries as James Baldwin and Carlos Fuentes set forth with characteristic eloquence the prejudiced assumptions of the dominant culture. However, the real gems here are the works of lesser-knowns. Literary critic Paula Gunn Allen delineates major (and generally unacknowledged) contributions of North American Indians, noting the similarities of the Iroquois and U.S. federal governance systems, and emphasizing the North American Indian forerunners of modern-day feminists. Jamaican poet Michelle Cliff articulates with originality and precision the predicament of the colonized person of...

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