Hello, my name is Monica L. I am a student at Grand Canyon University and have created this blog for a Multicultural Literature class. We have created weekly blog posts to discuss the different readings we came across during our course.
I am taking courses to become a High School English teacher. After many years teaching ESL to elementary students and living abroad I have decided I would like to teach more content. When I am not working or studying I love to read, travel, go to concerts and be outdoors. While I would not say that I generally read much literature I am hoping that over the course of this program I will find some new literature.
Before I share the weekly blogs posts we made I’d like to let you delve into some of purpose of this blog and what I have learned in this course. Multicultural literature is literature that seeks to express diversity. It opens the readers eyes to different cultures and experiences and how people live around the world. In this course, we have been introduced to readings from different eras as well as different cultures. From the “Classics of Poetry” by Confucius to “Girl” Jamaica Kinkaid we have been introduced to different cultures and experiences.
What is Global Literature?
For me “global literature” means more than just literature that is available from around the world but more literature that has no boundaries like country or language. It isn’t really defined by where it was written but has the ability to reach many people of different cultures and nationalities.
I think this is a great link to those who are struggling to understand what global literature might be.
The blurring of national boundaries is represented in 20th-century literature more than ever before because there are many more ways to communicate across the world now. We are able to see what is happening in other countries real time and learn about different cultures and their experiences. This also means that we are better able to reach out and relate to one-another.
20th-century literature portrays struggles with cultural identity with stories such as “Wedding at the Cross” where people of different cultures are married and then struggle to assimilate while not losing themselves. 20th century literature is better able to allow people to relate to what is happening all over the world.