ERIC Number: ED112439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Our Multi-Ethnic Origins and American Literary Studies. University of California Library, Davis, Chapbook No. 2.
Since all American literature has been written or recounted by members of ethnic groups, teachers and scholars of American literature should concern themselves with an ethnic American literature. Although immigrants and their descendants have been culturally assimilated to varying degrees over a period of years, they have nonetheless remained significantly ethnic in a social sense. In order to cope adequately with multiethnic American literature, American literary studies should become international and Americanists should become multilingual as a group, minimally bilingual as individuals. Furthermore, they should become sensitive to the characteristics of ethnic cultures and of immigrant experiences. Toward this end, Americanists will have to join and work cooperatively with three groups of professional colleagues: literary and linguistic specialists in the non-English languages, specialists in the history and culture of the nations and regions from which American immigrants came, and specialists in the sociocultural history of ethnic groups in the United States and in the North America of pre-Columbian and colonial times. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Davis. Univ. Library.