Literature and Ethnic Discrimination

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Volume Editor: Michael J. Meyer
Even though universities and colleges make a concerted effort to foster unity and worldwide acceptance of different ethnicities by including politically correct literature in their curriculums, their attempts to protect students from being exposed to texts that portray discrimination and exhibit racial insensitivity are futile and ill-advised.
Texts that contain biases based on otherness continue to be written and those produced in the past remain relevant and still demand the attention of an audience of reader. In order to see the full picture of the world in which they live, students must face even that which is uncomfortable and disturbing. To think otherwise is to create and academic environment that is totally idealistic and distorts the fact that ethnic discrimination has been a potent reality in every society in history and remains so today.
These studies in this volume allow readers to meet writers from the traditional American and European canon while also being exposed to third world writers whose work may be unfamiliar. They include memoirs of Holocaust survivors and even record the silencing of Italian women, Apartheid in South Africa and tribal conflict in Nigeria as well as transplanted Asian culture in Canada and the idolization of the black body in Japan. The collection permits a viewing of the ethnic ‘other’ not merely in a politically correct way in which one samples the differences and nods approvingly. Rather its intent is to offer opportunities for contemplative assessment of authorial motives and goals, thereby engendering a wealth of understanding based on active engagement rather than passive acceptance of the status quo.

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Chapter 1: Karen SURMAN PALEY: Religious Skirmishes: When the Ethnic Outsider Cannot Hear The Loudest Voice. Chapter 2: Charles TRAINOR: Sam, Walter Lee and the Powerless Black Male. Chapter 3: S. KRISHNAMOORTHY AITHAL: Cather's America, A Nation of Nations. Chapter 4: Edvige GIUNTA: Speaking Through Silences: Ethnicity in the Writings of Italian/American Women. Chapter 5: Eric STERLING: Loss and Growth of Identity in Shimon Wincelberg's Resort 76. Chapter 6: Ana Maria FRAILE MARCOS: ‘Time and Place Have Had Their Say': Literature and Ethnic Discrimination in Zora Neale Hurston's Aesthetics. Chapter 7: Tim LIBRETTI: Rediscovering Nation, Resisting Oppression: The Aesthetics of ‘Putting Up' in U.S. Third World Writing. Chapter 8: Obododimma OHA: What God Has Put Asunder: The Politics of Ethnic Barriers. Chapter 9: Eva DARIAS BEAUTELL: East West Paradigms of History and Fiction: Joy Kogawa's Obasan and Sky Lee's Disappearing Moon Cafe. Chapter 10: Peter ERSPAMER: Women Before Hell's Gate: Survivors of the Holocaust and Their Memoirs. Chapter 11: Rafael OCASIO: From Nuyorican Barrio Literature to Issues on Puerto Rican Literature Outside New York City: Nocholasa Mohr and Judith Ortiz Cofer. Chapter 12: Nina CORNYETZ: Fetishized Blackness: Racial Desire in Contemporary Japanese Narrative and Culture.