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Minority Voices: Literature of Social Movements

This course provides a survey of literature that addresses the concerns of minorities living in the United States, based on class, race, ethnicity, national identity, citizenship, religion, cultural heritage, gender identity, and sexual identity.

From the discrimination, prejudice, and violence experienced by many minoritized groups within American society come works of literature, poetry, nonfiction, and criticism that push back against the societal structures that attempt to subdue them, and celebrate and examine their identities and processes of identity construction. 


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The ProQuest Central database searches millions of articles from newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals. Use it to fill in gaps in your research.

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Minority Voices: Authors and Critics

Terms/Keywords for research:

Multicultural; cross-cultural; post-colonial; diaspora; mestizaje; Chicanx; dualism; racism; xenophobia; civil rights; classism; cultural appropriation; immigration; prejudice; multiracial; race; identity; community; homophobia; sexuality; misogyny; misogynoir; ethnicity; Latinx; LGBTQIA+; religion; religious persecution; trauma; intergenerational trauma; assimilation; heritage; whiteness; Muslim; Islamophobia; stereotypes; stereotype threat; microaggression; authenticity; realness


Immigrant voices:

- Trailing clouds : immigrant fiction in contemporary America PS374.I48 C69 2006

- Special sorrows : the diasporic imagination of Irish, Polish, and Jewish immigrants in the United States JV6477 .J33 1995

Haitian and Caribbean post-colonial voices:

- Caribbean women writers and globalization : fictions of independence PR9205.05 S27 2006

- The Oxford book of Caribbean short stories PR9205.8 .O94 199

- (Poetry) Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair PS3619.I56847 A6 2016

African-American or Black voices:

Jamaica Kincaid : a literary companion PR9275.A583 K5676 2008

Middle passages and the healing place of history : migration and identity in Black women's literature PR9080.5 .M54 2006

- "The changing same" : black women's literature, criticism, and theory PS374.N4 M37 1995

Latinx-American, Mexican-American, or Hispanic voices:

Herencia : the anthology of Hispanic literature of the United States PS508.H57 H48 2002

- Troubling Nationhood in U.S. Latina Literature : Explorations of Place and Belonging PS153.H56 S63 2013

- Spiritual mestizaje : religion, gender, race, and nation in contemporary Chicana narrative PS153.M4 D454 2011

Asian-American, Japanese, Chinese, Korean etc. voices:

- The woman warrior : memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts  CT275.K5764 A3 1989

- A gesture life PS3562.E3347 G4 1999

- Citizen 13660 D769.8.A6 O38 2014

Video Resources

Films on Demand video database offers interviews with Edwidge Danticat and Esmeralda Santiago. For more, search the Films on Demand database with search terms such as: immigrant; immigration; citizenship; citizen; assimilation; culture; migration; migrant.

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