Multi-Cultural YA Literature

 

This week in my young adult literature class (INLS 530: YA Literature and Resources), we talked about literature of diversity. Growing up where I did it was easy to think that only one race (white), one sexual orientation (straight), one religion (Christianity), and one dominant gender (male) existed. Most of the literature I read supported this view: Anne of Green Gable’s milky white skin, Winnie and Tuck’s straight love story, and Wendy‘s overbearing father.

Through reading Tyrell, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Down to the Bone and We Beat the Street I was introduced to an all-together different facet of YA literature. The importance of these stories is so great. Introduction to these stories should not occur at 22 as it did for me, it should be integrated into the cannon for 11-17 year olds.

Below is a video explaining the importance of representative stories. It’s a little long but incredibly moving. I hope you enjoy!

What I Read: August 1-12

Sorry for the radio silence around here lately! I’ve been moving into my new place in North Carolina and reading like crazy so expect more posts soon. Here’s what I’ve read this week:

  1. Ten Things You Should Know About the Economy Before You Vote in November (Forbes): I am such a political news junkie right now and this article is right up my alley! I think everyone should be informed about the issues before they head to the polls and this article is a good start. 
  2. How to Be a Better Procrastinator (WSJ): Since I always have my fingers in a lot of pies, I like hearing that it can be productive! This article shows the ways that working on multiple projects can actually make you more productive.
  3. I’ve Forgotten How to Read Adult Novels (blog): I spend a lot of time reading YA literature and I make no apologies for my taste (check out my post about why I YA here). Reading about other people with the same “problem” makes me happy!
  4. Being a Confident Bada** Does Not Make a Female Athlete a Diva (Jezebel): As much as I love women’s olympic gymnastics, I was less than thrilled with the coverage NBC showed. The commentators regularly used sexist terms to talk about the gymnasts (re: calling them girls, divas, and moody). This article explores what the coverage exposed about the network.