The Shifting 'Canon' of Multicultural Lit
Coeyman, Marjorie, The Christian Science Monitor
It's not easy to assemble a reading list of books dealing with racial discrimination. For many years, for instance, "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee had an unquestioned place in classrooms. The 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel portrays the trial of a black man in a southern town and offers an unqualified condemnation of racism. Yet today, some say it is patronizing. The writer is white, the narrator is white, and a noble (and educated) white man defends an innocent (but uneducated) black man.
Recently, memoirs have become popular. Students are often drawn to books like "Down These Mean Streets," by Piri Thomas, the true story of a Puerto Rican growing up in East …
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Publication information: Article title: The Shifting 'Canon' of Multicultural Lit. Contributors: Coeyman, Marjorie - Author. Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor. Publication date: June 18, 2002. Page number: 14. © 2009 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.