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Ch 11: Short Stories in Multicultural Literature

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Access this chapter any time to study important short stories in multicultural literature. These bite-sized lessons and self-assessment quizzes are great options for students who need to catch up in a class, write short story essays or prepare for upcoming literature exams.

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

7 Lessons in Chapter 11: Short Stories in Multicultural Literature
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Analyzing Multicultural Short Stories: Techniques & Examples

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.

Magical Realism in Short Fiction: Definition, Writers & Examples

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.

House Taken Over by Julio Cortazar: Summary & Analysis

3. House Taken Over by Julio Cortazar: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will learn about one of Julio Cortazar's short stories, 'House Taken Over.' After establishing context for the short story, we will explore what happens in it and analyze its main themes.

The Circular Ruins by Jorge Borges: Summary & Analysis

4. The Circular Ruins by Jorge Borges: Summary & Analysis

This lesson takes you into the fantasy writing of Argentine author and translator Jorge Luis Borges. You will discover the philosophy of idealism, and see new ways of perceiving reality.

Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence

5. Native American Oral Tradition: Heritage and Literary Influence

Native American nations have a rich oral tradition of storytelling. In this lesson, we'll explore the heritage and themes of American Indian stories and look at how they influenced later American literature.

Yellow Woman by Leslie Marmon Silko: Summary & Analysis

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.

Recitatif by Toni Morrison: Summary & Analysis

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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