Calling all English geeks...
For my short story class, I need to compile 10-15 American short stories that have to do with minorities struggling with coming to terms with their identities. How do they cope/deal with the divided consciousness of their race and of being "an American?"
The short story should answer one, if not all, of the following questions that I've posed in my topic:
What attitudes did minorites have on assimilating into the American culture and forming an "Amercian" identity?
How are American identities shaped for minorities in the American short story?
What were pressures that forced them to conform? What did they sacrifice?
How did minorities deal with, respond to, and react to a divided consciousness?
"Why My Father Was the Only Indian who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock" by Sherman Alexie, "School Days of an Indian Girl" by Zitkala-Sa, "Its Wavering Image" by Sui Sin Far, "America and I" by Anzia Yezierska, "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" by Gloria Anzaldia, "Reena" by Paule Marshall, and "The Almost Black Boy" by Willard Motley.
If you have any story ideas in mind, let me know. I'd like the help! I have about seven good examples right now, but I need more! Thanks!