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New Racism in America and Literature

I suggest an article examining how racism has evolved in American Literature and what we can learn from it. My hypothesis is that we cannot understand tolerance until we understand racism and that literature is the way to do that. This would heavily focus on Huck Finn.

  • Interesting topic. A comprehensive history of how literature deals with the theme of racism across different periods would be essential. A few classics come to mind - Great Gatsby, The Bluest Eye and all Toni Morrison book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Heart of Darkness, colonial/post-colonial novels (Things Fall Apart) . It would be interesting to go all the way up to medieval literature and see how minorities were depicted too. And even maybe tackle dystopia and fantasy, how racism has been projected onto fantasy worlds as well - we can think about the Muggles and the half-bloods in Harry Potter. This topic is very very large though so it might be useful to narrow it down to a certain continent or genre or minority. – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 7 years ago
  • Didn't realise it only focused on America so some examples above are irrelevant. But could still be interesting as preliminary research :) – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 7 years ago
  • What I don't understand is how you propose to understand "new racism" in America without analyzing new or contemporary fiction. – T. Palomino 1 month ago

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