Does literature serve a humanizing function? Can it achieve social transformation? What roles does literature play for defining self, creating community, and achieving global perspective? This is the first book to thoroughly explore the methods by which educators, creative writers, and policymakers have constructed workable models of teaching literature in multicultural classrooms.
The authors provide an interdisciplinary dialogue on the setbacks, solutions, silences, and successes that often occur in classes of multicultural literature. They all take the stance that definitions of literacy and literature originate as much outside the classroom as within it.
With the inclusion of essays by writers themselves—a feature provided by no other book on this subject—the authors offer a unique vocalization of the nationalistic, economic, empowering, and moral purposes that reading and writing serve. The book also includes a current guide to selected resources in multicultural literature, in hopes of encouraging and facilitating instructors in the transformation of their own literature courses into multicultural ones.
Suzanne M. Miller is Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the State University of New York, Albany. Barbara McCaskill is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Georgia, Athens.
"I like the tone of expectation and hope, the immediacy of the essays." — Virginia Spencer Carr, Georgia State University