I feel like this is a bit stereotypical in nature that this topic was my first thought for this blog post…but the great thing about delving into stereotypes is coming out with a changed perspective on the other side. I’ve been interested in Indian culture for quite some time…yes, maybe it was in part due […]Read more "Bollywood."
In 2008, Junot Diaz become only the second Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Only Oscar Hijuelos preceded Diaz, winning the award in 1990 for The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. The Pulitzer Prize was establish by Joseph Pulitzer upon his […]Read more "Joseph Pulitzer in the Dominican Republic"
“He passed a small graveyard surrounded by a high iron picket fence. A white graveyard, he thought and snickered bitterly. Lawd Gawd in Heaven, even the dead cant be together!”  In Richard Wright’s novella Fire and Cloud, Reverend Taylor notes the racial divide that crosses the fundamental basis of Christianity as he journeys back from […]Read more "Beyond the Grave…"
I had a difficult time deciding on a website to profile for this week’s class. The subject of racism and the African-American experience in the early 20th century is a popular topic, and there were dozens of sites to choose from. However, I came away from this week’s reading wanting to learn more about the […]Read more "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow"
During last week’s class, we discussed the common literary theme of cultural encounters with identity. These coming of age tales are often centered around a character’s life as an immigrant in the United States and their struggle to assimilate to American culture. One of my favorite books in this vain is Jessica Hagedorn’s The Gangster […]Read more "Some Call Me “The Gangster of Love”"