Essay on Ethnic Literature

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American Literature Paper
Randy Hale
University of Phoenix
American Ethic Literature
Michael Cromwell
December 24, 2012

American Ethic Literature Paper
What makes American literature American?
American literature is just that American literature. American literature is stories of people lives that are based on American standards. Early American standards where based around slavery and oppression but now they are based on freedoms like freedom of speech and press. America has been through many time periods that has shaped it into the wonderful nation that we have today. True American literature is about life in the United States. This paper will create an understanding about American ethnic literature.
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Ethnic literature is piece of writing that is written by people from different cultures, languages, or religion. For example, Native American literature includes “memories of creation stories, the tragic wisdom of native ceremonies, trickster narratives, and the outcome of chance and other occurrences in the most diverse cultures in the world” (Vizenor, 1995, p. 1). People with the mix of Spanish, Native American, and African cultures have created Hispanic American literature (Kanellos, 1995).
In my opinion, there are many reasons why ethnic literature should be studied. Reason One: When you read "true" literature writing from other religions, you can gain "true" understanding of what the religion is all about. For example I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The LDS or Mormon Church as known by many is a very misunderstood religion. A study of "true" ethnic literature in this case would eliminate any misunderstanding that people have about the LDS Church. Reason Two: There are certain cultures that we do not know anything about and when we read about them, we will be able to understand why they do certain things. I want to call this cultural understanding. We have all heard the saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover." then we shouldn't judge a religion or a culture by the things they do until we understand why they do those things.
How do ethnic writers
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