Links of Interest to English 169: Ethnicity In American Literature Students

Links are arranged in the approximate order that the texts appear in our class schedule (roughly chronological by setting) with the exception of a short list of earlier links to works from the 18th and 19th century at the beginning.  Please note that it is a sad but true fact that a lot of what is on the web about ethnicity or religion is actually posted by anti-Semitic and racist hate groups.


The best way to get accurate information is to check refereed journals and books by scholarly/academic presses.  "Refereed" means that other scholars in the field have read a piece and accept the scholarship as having sound methods and conclusions.  You can find good articles in refereed journals by searching something like "expanded academic index" at SJSU and clicking the "search refereed journals only" choice.  MLA and America: History and Life also provide excellent resources.  See a university librarian for help with accessing electronic databases from off campus.

Additional Readings and Resources
Abraham Cahan's Yekl and the Imported Bridegroom and Other Stories of Yiddish New York
  A Few Links on Jewish Culture Jacob Riis

Anzia Yezierska

Louise Erdrich, Tracks

The Harlem Renaissance: Focusing on Works by Sterling Brown, W.E.B. Dubois, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Alain Locke, Claude McKay, and Jean Toomer

Selected Resources for the Harlem Renaissance : Lists of Primary/Secondary Sources, Anthologies, & Bibliographies - This site and list of links is part of the Rudolph Fisher Newsletter (Fisher is the first African American mystery writer. Harlem Renaissance and Walter Mosely fans alike should check out The Conjure-Man Dies immediately.)  This well-maintained site is an excellent example of how scholars can use the web to find primary and scholarly secondary sources.  It is not the kind of sound-bite of general (or even inaccurate) info that most websites are.

Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance - This is  a notice of the art exhibit that inlcuded the pieces I show in class as slides.  (They were taken from the exhibition catalogue which also has good articles on the era).  The site shows a few of the paintings.

Alain Locke

W.E.B. Dubois

Langston Hughes

Claude McKay

Jean Toomer

Other Sites of Interest

Sandra Cisneros

Chang-Rae Lee

New Narratives and Poetry

Evelina Galang

Reginald McKnight

Sherman Alexie

Chitra Divakaruni

Vo Phien

Nguyen Qui-Duc

Andrew Lam

Helena Viramontes

Lorna Dee Cervantes

Aurora Levins Morales

Other Books and Resources

Resources and Additional Readings in Ethnic Literature

Sites on 16th to 19th Literature that Focuses on Issues of Ethnicity

General Native American Links Cabeza de Vaca

Samson Occum

William Apess

Olaudah Equiano

Harriet Jacobs

Further Resources

Mine Okubo's Citizen 13660 and the Japanese American Internment Experience

  • The Japanese American Internment Experience - An extensive site by John Yu includes a map of the camps as well as lots of photos, dates, etc.
  • Documents and Photographs Related to Japanese Relocation During World War II - from the National Archives
  • Japanese American Citizen's League  -This site has some information about the camps and the 60th anniversary.
  • War Relocation Authority Camps in Arizona 1942-1946 - From the Univesity of Arizona'a Library.
  • Dorothea Lange's Photos of the Camps - by  the Museum of the City of San Francisco which also has a specific site on The Japanese Internment.

  • Al Young
    He has his own website where you can find out more about him and also purchase his work!  Buy something for him to sign.  Personalized books make great gifts as well as great memeories of meeting the author in person.

    Ana Castillo

    Rudolfo Anaya
    This page was last updated on January 8, 2003.