Race and Racism in Literature
Issues of race and racism permeate American society and are of central concern to students and teachers. The chapters in this reference explore how these issues have been addressed in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Native Son, The House on Mango Street, Ceremony, and other major novels widely read by high school students. The works discussed reflect racial issues from a range of cultural perspectives. Each chapter is devoted to a particular novel and provides a plot summary, an overview of the work's historical background, a literary analysis, and suggestions for further reading.
Issues of race and racism have long permeated American society and continue to be among the most important social concerns today. This volume explores how racial issues have been treated in a dozen major novels widely read by high school students and undergraduates. The works discussed are from different historical periods and reflect a range of cultural perspectives, including African American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, Italian American, Jewish American, and Jewish-Arab experiences.
The volume begins with an introductory essay on race and racism in literature. Each of the chapters that follow examines a particular novel, including:
; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
; Native Son
; The House on Mango Street
; The Chosen
; And others.
Each chapter includes a plot summary, an overview of the work's historical background, a discussion of overt and subtle racism in the novel, and suggestions for further reading.
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Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885
Richard Wright Native Son 1940
Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird 1960
Jose Antonio Villarreal Pocho 1959
Sandra Cisneros The House on Mango Street 1984
Margaret Craven I Heard the Owl Call My Name 1973
Leslie Marmon Silko Ceremony 1977
Arlene J Chai The Last Time I Saw Mother 1995