My name is Emily Adkins, and welcome to my blog of Multicultural Literature. This blog will cover what I have learned in the past eight weeks during my class ENG-355 under instruction by Weslea Bell at Grand Canyon University. I am an online student from Lexington, North Carolina. While culture surrounds my city in adjacent cities, Lexington is a fairly small town with little exposure. I plan to teach English at a local high school, so my hope is to incorporate what I have learned the past couple of months into my curriculum to help expose students to much needed knowledge and awareness of other cultures and histories.
To understand the topic of my blog, I will provide my own personal definition of global literature in layman’s terms: global literature is that of literature that compiles two or more nationally different cultures into one piece of literature. Not all of the literature will do this, most of the literature involves one culture, however all cultures are affected by others on a global scale, so as we can see many differences we can see many similarities and patterns of values.
Moreover, these similarities are especially visible in 20th century literature as the lines blur in national boundaries. At this point, multiple advancements or political effects take place around the globe and the struggles for all people become more similar. With such blurred lines and the mixing of cultures and conquests or even genocides around the globe, the 20th century becomes a mark to depict the struggle with cultural identity. Perhaps it is illegal to culturally identify as an ethnicity or religion or simply be. Perhaps your country was invaded, and you do not know who your country and home is anymore. The most obvious of these that suffered are African Americans, Jewish citizens in Europe, India under British colonization, Japanese and various other countries became Axis powered countries. Authors write from all these perspectives in various selections we will cover throughout this blog. These problems still exist for some of these cultures and now various others in the 21st century as the problems follow and arise from the 20th century. For this reason, it’s necessary to read to gain more perspective in others’ struggles. The selections discussed are informative, emotional and appalling at times. Nonetheless, it is easy to enjoy every selection with a little bit of background knowledge, which I hope this blog will help with as I address themes, popular culture relations and some suggestions on how to teach this to your own students. All of these selections can be viewed in the text e-book:
“The Norton Anthology of World Literature: V.1 and V.2 “