Contemporary Literature I: Vital Minority Voices

Write a deliberate and thoughtful response of no more than one page (single-spaced) or two pages (double-spaced) to the following Module Response Prompt. Your response should not be simple plot summaries of the readings. Instead, you should demonstrate your understanding of the module as a whole (the big picture). Work to make connections between different authors and their works (inside or outside of that module), as well as comment on significant historical or cultural events as they relate to the readings. Use any class notes or author web links to your advantage by synthesizing the information with the assigned readings. Grammar and punctuation will count. Submit your Module Response through the appropriate Module Response assignment links found in each Learning Module, or else under the Module Response link in blue along the left side of the screen. Please submit your response in an attached Word file (.docx or .doc), Rich Text File (.rtf), or a .PDF.

Describe how the issues of race or cultural assimilation are thematically stressed in these contemporary minority writers. Has there been a noticeable shift in thematic focus when you compare the contemporary minority writers with the mid-20th century writers? Do they seem to have different issues to deal with now, or are the issues still the same? When supporting your response, make sure to refer to specific examples from the texts in this module.

Book – The Norton Anthology American Literature (Shorter Ninth Edition) 1865 To The Present

MODULE #13 November 9 – 15, 2020

Contemporary Literature I (Vital Minority Voices) (1970s-Present)

Alice Walker “Everyday Use” (1568-1574)

Toni Morrison “Recitatif” (1429-1442)

Louise Erdrich “Dear John Wayne” (1624-1625)

Yusef Komunyakaa “Facing It” (1538-1539)

Jamaica Kincaid “Girl” (1650-1651)

Li-Young Lee “Persimmons” (1636-1638)

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