ERIC Number: ED351688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
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Monolingual Readers/Polylingual Texts: Challenges in Ethnic Literatures.
Lang, Nancy H.
Within the texts of most contemporary ethnic American literatures, but especially those of Native American women, interwoven double-voiced strands of language and physical location constantly intertwine through recordings of individual memory and experience. The poems that result from these explorations create a self inextricably linked to Native American socio-cultural and spiritual community through continual utterance of the poetic voice. Two forms of language rebellion appearing in Native American poetry (segues into and out of "Spanglish" and the use of Hopi words) reflect an attempt to preserve the ethnic and minority self, while simultaneously struggling to articulate it within the dominating alien language. The opportunity to confront a cultural and intellectual "Other" offers a unique challenge to mainstream Anglo readers, students, and interpreters of contemporary literatures that exist and indeed flourish beyond the linguistic confines of English and the dominant culture. The reader/student has the opportunity to construct a frame leading to multicultural understanding. (Three samples of poetry are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ethnic Literature; Text Factors; Voice (Rhetoric)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (23rd, Pittsburgh, PA, March 27-29, 1992).