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Short Stories in Multicultural Literature - Chapter Summary
Check out this chapter to analyze significant short stories in multicultural literature. As you progress through this series of short lessons, you'll examine stories from several famous authors, including Toni Morrison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Jorge Borges and Julio Cortazar. You can check your understanding of these stories and authors by taking the accompanying lesson quizzes and chapter exam. For your convenience, we've made this chapter accessible on any computer or mobile device. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:
- Identify important works of multicultural literature
- Describe the characteristics of magical realism
- Summarize and analyze ''House Taken Over,'' ~The Circular Ruins,'' ''Yellow Woman'' and ''Recitatif''
- Evaluate the lives and works of Leslie Marmon Silko and Toni Morrison
- Assess the literary influence of the Native American oral tradition
1. Analyzing Multicultural Short Stories: Techniques & Examples
In this lesson, we explore the multicultural short story and discuss some techniques and tips that can help you understand the story better. Additionally, we briefly examine an example and discuss how it uses its culture to inform the narrative.
2. Magical Realism in Short Fiction: Definition, Writers & Examples
In this lesson we will learn about magical realism used in literature, where extraordinary things happen in a real life environment. We'll differentiate it from other forms, and also see several authors and stories that employ magical realism.
3. House Taken Over by Julio Cortazar: Summary & Analysis
Julio Cortazar's 'House Taken Over' is a short story about an ancestral home that slowly becomes possessed by an unknown, unnamed entity. Explore an introduction and summary of the plot, then analyze the story's main themes of family, independence, and the unknown.
4. The Circular Ruins by Jorge Borges: Summary & Analysis
Jorge Luis Borges's 'The Circular Ruins' is a short story that explores the nature of reality and imagination. Review the background and a summary of the story, then analyze how it treats reality, idealism, and creation.
5. Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence
Native Americans have a rich oral tradition of storytelling that is key to their heritage and influential on American literature. Explore life in early America, major themes in Native American stories, and the oral tradition's literary influence.
6. Yellow Woman by Leslie Marmon Silko: Summary & Analysis
'Yellow Woman' is a story by Leslie Marmon Silko originally published in 1974. This mysterious story tells of a woman's encounter with a man who leads her away from the ordinary and into the unknown.
7. Recitatif by Toni Morrison: Summary & Analysis
'Recitatif' by Toni Morrison follows the story of a young girl and her friend. The plot is filled with interesting twists and turns. This lesson offers a few ideas on how to navigate this story.
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Other chapters within the English 310: Short Stories course
- Introduction to English 310: Short Stories
- Short Story Analysis
- Historical Precursors to the Short Story
- 19th-Century Romantic Short Stories
- 19th-Century Russian Realism in Short Stories
- 19th-Century British Short Stories
- 19th & Early 20th-Century American Naturalist Short Stories
- Early 20th-Century Feminist Short Stories
- Post-WWI Short Stories
- Literary Modernist Short Stories
- Short Stories in Postcolonial Literature
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