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American Fiction by Minority Writers

Sharon Priestley (Dr)

Course Title: American Fiction by Minority Writers

Course Code: 3XBB05B19

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Day of the Week:
  • Thursday

Session: Afternoon

Length in weeks: 10

Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Price: £

On this course, we focus on the excellent writings of non-white Americans from a variety of racial and cultural backgrounds. What perspectives do these different writers have? Do they share any problems, issues or interests? We shall analyse three titles to discover the answers to those questions and more. First, we shall read Jhumpa Lahiri’s collection of nine short stories entitled Interpreter of Maladies (1999), which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2000. We learn about the lives of Indians from the sub-continent and Indian-Americans who are caught between their roots and the ‘New World’. Next, we discuss The Color Purple (1982) by Alice B. Walker, who depicts the difficult life of a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Finally, we read The Spider Woman’s Daughter  (2013), by Anne Hillerman, is an intriguing novel concerning the Navajo Tribal Police’s two detectives who are engaged in crime-solving. Hillerman won the 2014 Western Writers of American Spur Award for best first novel.

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