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    Ethnic Identity in Contemporary Literature Characters

    Do you feel it is important to write to the racial/ethnic identity of a character in contemporary literature, even if the subject of the work isn’t directly related to that identity? If so, how much of that racial/ethnic experience is appropriate or necessary to include? How do these levels change if the writer is a different race/ethnicity from the character, and where is the line of insensitivity? For example, hypothetically, a Latinx writer wants to write an Indonesian character in their Young Adult sci-fi novel – how relevant is the character’s identity as an Indonesian to the writing? Or, another real-life example, in David Levithan’s "Every Day", the main character A wakes up in someone else’s body every morning, an identity-less character bodysnatching other characters with numerous different racial/ethnic identities – how important, necessary, and/or appropriate would it have been to include the different racial/ethnic experiences A could potentially go through as these identities, especially considering the race/ethnicity of the author?

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      I think part of the problem of Writers Block for many is the innate procrastination that feeds it. Putting writing off pushes away creativity, so when you finally want the creative juices to flow, it’s too far suppressed to use. Working on getting over that myself.

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      Dang, wish I’d seen this article when I was writing my midterm/final for my Gothic literature course…

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      I’d never thought of Mrs. Darling’s offer of compromise as stifling the growth and power of Peter’s character before, but it makes total sense. Peter exists in extremes and boldness and at the will of no adult, so submitting his power to a grown-up, especially over something he feels passionately about, is quite unlike him. At the same time, because he is a child and typically children do not have or want to make difficult decisions, it would make sense for him to lend the choice to an adult. Of course, that logic stands for “normal” children, which Peter Pan certainly is not. Maybe I have juts talked myself into the concluding thesis after all LOL

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