The Great Melting Pot in Literature
For eight weeks I have studied the art and essence of Global Literature; better known as Multicultural Literature. Throughout this article I will define the term global as it relates to literature, how the blurring of national boundaries is represented in 20th century literature, and the struggles of 20th century literature and culture identity.
Global Literature defined
The term global as it relates to literature reading about the lives of people and cultures. It is the greatest form of literature that when read openly and honestly will elicit from most a gut-wrenching reaction that will make you face your prejudices by answering the hard questions. Global literature does not tell you how to think, rather, it makes you search to understand the who and whys of life.
It is like walking in the shoes of others from different cultures.
Blurring of Boundaries
Reading literature from different countries have helped shaped my understanding and admiration for the different types of storytelling around the globe. Because of the multiple nationalities and experiences of a particular writer, I can better understand the blurring of boundaries in some of the different stories I have read for this course because people have more opportunity to express and respect each other through a lens of empathy and information technology, which are great buffets of ideals and customs that become very sensitive to the tastes for more. Also, a question of moral responsibility is found through 20th century literature. It is like someone said: “The more you know, the more you grow.”
My personal relationship with Multicultural Literature
Having been born into one culture, through this class ENG-355, a lot of the traditional myths that I grew up with regarding another culture has been challenging, but I am able to remove some of the blind spots of prejudices and misinformation because of multicultural writers. Most of the stories took me on a journey of self-discovery of the fresh and impossible. Even though the stories may take place in another country, we are able to visualize and relate to the main character(s) or teller of the story.
Struggles between 20th Century and Culture Identity
There were certain struggles between 20th century literature and culture identity. Some readers who do not understand how beliefs and custom shapes how a person feel, a certain action within a custom due to lack of knowledge or research can lead to certain prejudices or negativism. New readers of global literature may expect a certain behavior in characters and when it is something different, they can be considered weird or crazy and can further view the characters in the wrong light.
Some of the literature blogs from this class included:
Ancient Eastern Literature: The common theme for this section was wisdom or the Confucius era.
Contemporary Eastern Literature: The main theme from this era would be breaking tradition from the Confucius era.
Native American Literature: One main theme is myth and spirits
Africa and African American Literature: The main theme is prejudices
Latin American Literature
Post-Holocaust Jewish Literature: The main theme would be anger and hatred
Finally, when it is all said and done, culture runs deep, wide, and miles long, somewhere along the way, whether here on earth or beyond, we will meet and become one.
Blessings to all of you.