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ERIC Number: ED074501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 12
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Introducing Literature of the Minorities.
Meeks, Elizabeth
This paper discusses a thematic approach to introduce high school or college students to fiction that deals with minority groups. The author discusses how this thematic arrangement of novels may be a useful method for organizing a study of minority groups as represented in major works of American fiction. She discusses the initiation motif as a suggested frame of reference for this study, devoting the major portion of her paper to a discussion of how William Faulkner's "Go Down, Moses" and Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" can be used to illustrate this theme as it relates to racial interaction in American society. The author also suggests some other American novels dealing with minority groups that can be taught in thematic units. These include "The Adventures of Augie March" by Saul Bellow, "The Learning Tree" by Gordon Parks, and "Pocho" by Jose Villareal, and other novels which suggest the value fiction can have in presenting complex social problems in subtle and vivid ways. (DI)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (62nd, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 23-25, 1972)