Though each of these novels is unique in their own aspect, a common bond can be established between the two through the use of language employed in the text. Because of the various functions that language can serve in literature, it is a rather "fascinating phenomenon" (Blackshire-Belay 1) to study in reference to these two novels. In both Baby of the Family and Black Girl Lost, language is used to reflect the speech patterns of the minority culture, as a portrayal of different worlds within the novels, and acts as a mirror to the life of the main character in order to navigate plot speed. Language can be defined as "a regularized symbolic code that connects its users in a symbiosis of substance" (Blackshire-Belay 1). Not only are we produced by language, but we produce through language (Blackshire-Belay 1).
African-American and Dalit Literature have been seen as literatures of revolt. They position themselves in opposition to the established, mainstream literature. While Dalit literature presents a picture of the excruciatingly painful experience one has to undergo if they happen to belong to a lower caste, African-American literature is composed of individual voices which speak about collective experience of the non-whites in American society. Both, the Dalits and the African-Americans share similar experiences of being discriminated against by the dominant communities in their respective societies. Since they share certain similar life experiences, their writings have also shown a marked similarity in terms of their themes and the narrative mode chosen for telling of ... ... middle of paper ... ...a means of resistance against oppression.
As a people we often contemplated what makes us who we are, and what makes us different or similar to other people. There are certain factors that relate to these questions such as race, gender, and class. Although few people have other reasons of what identiﬁes us, but these are the most topics that I mostly detect everyday of my life. In certain novels , poems, documents and etc these factors have been proposed to us, which in my case is both positive and negative. In order to prove my thesis, I am going to provide information about the current texts and novels used today like Nella Larsen's “ Passing” and poems from Dubois and other famous poets to determine which factor play an significant role when identifying someone of either race, gender, or class.
The African, Mexican, and Native persons have all interacted with the Dominant American culture in some magnitude; consequently altering each different group’s racial and ethnic Identity. Throughout the semester, I have discovered that in much literature writers had an ideal perspective on their own identity as well as the identity that the dominant culture influenced them to have. While doing some research I wanted to see what would be a transitional time frame for a person to be un-conditioned of many negative symbolic meanings in regard to minorities and immigrants. My research has shown that there was a hierarchical scheme where an individual can monitor his/her identity progression from one level to the next. This “Developmental Model of Ethnic and Racial Identity” was created during the black consciousness movement.
Ultimately the definition of language is “a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition” For the most part Ebonics does this but if we are to look into the fact that Ebonics is a language unto the African American race and that many African Americans do not speak it, that it is not a form of speech that is widely accepted, or taught, or intensely studied, then what is the real purpose of this so called ‘language’ after all? Works Cited Brody, K. W. (2005). What's Language Got To Do With It? New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
Although Albert Raboteau was not necessarily a theologian, his claims of slaves finding their own way of life despite being dehumanized, easily relate to the ideas of Cone and Wilmore. The arguments and ideas that Cone, Wilmore, and Raboteau put forward make me wonder about what it means to be black in America. I believe that the battle for culture and identity is at stake for African-Americans; from past to present. However, I will show how the ideas and claims of James Cone, Gayraud Wilmore, and Albert Raboteau make way for the African-American race. African American religious culture is a distinct custom in America.
Since its beginning, writers of Afro-American literature have invented their own characteristics and their own unparalleled point of view. Some of the main characteristics which can be used to identify the African American literature are: writing the point of view of the African-American majority, mentioning historical African legends and African myths, indicating cultural values, using Biblical verses, proverbs and aphorism, using direct address-conversational tone, and using fringe characters such as criminals, as protagonists to highlight “the marginal place of African American in society.” Besides, African American literature has had its own language at the beginning, but it has slightly changed at the end. At the beginning, this language has been combined from mixing people who speak different African languages- as their owners have wanted them to communicate in English. As a result, the Afro-Americans have invented a new language to communicate called “Pidgins”. In addition, they have spoken English a little bit, but their spoken English has been called “African-American Vernacular English” and it has been considered slang.
several of the intellectuals of the movement urged that discrimination of this kind be confronted and overcome. It may solely be through education that the important problems that African-Americans two-faced might be handled, and in and of itself the literature and art of the amount tended toward the advanced partially as a shot to force audiences to become a lot of education if solely to know what they were reading
Discrimination has and always will be controversial, whether it is because of sex or color of skin it will always be around. Writer inspiration seems to come from firsthand accounts and experiences, at least that is the case with Sandra Cisneros, a Chicana writer, and Langston Hughes, and African American poet. When reading their stories the reader can identify how different life experiences have influenced and inspired them to write the way they do. Analyzing Sandra Cisneros and Langston Hughes, and pieces of their writing will demonstrate how similar their writing is, how minority discrimination, and cultural circumstances effect and shape different pieces of their respective writings. This paper will highlight similarities, differences and motives for writing the short story, “Woman Hollering Creek”, and poem, “I, Too” all backed up and supported by research done about the author.
African-American Studies The aspect of African-American Studies is key to the lives of African-Americans and those involved with the welfare of the race. African-American Studies is the systematic and critical study of the multidimensional aspects of Black thought and practice in their current and historical unfolding (Karenga, 21). African-American Studies exposes students to the experiences of African-American people and others of African descent. It allows the promotion and sharing of the African-American culture. However, the concept of African-American Studies, like many other studies that focus on a specific group, gender, and/or creed, poses problems.