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.
BE WARY OF ANYTHING YOU READ ON THE WEB.
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
History and Life also provide excellent resources. See a university
librarian for help with accessing electronic databases from off campus.
Additional Readings and Resources
Yekl and the Imported Bridegroom and Other Stories of Yiddish New York
A Few Links on Jewish Culture
American Jewish Historical Society -
good site if you are interested in further research. Their "Chapters
in American Jewish History" provides some interesting essays.
American Literature Research Homepage - By Asst. Professor Derek
Royal of North Georgia, this site provides information on important contemporary
Jewish American authors and offers a bibliography for further research
on Jewish American literature in general.
Mendele: Yiddish Literature
and Yiddish Language - A moderated mailing list and forum for discussion
of the language that most of Yezierska's charcters would have spoken.
Note that there is a whole canon of Jewish American authors who published
Spoken Yiddish Language Project - Sponsored by Columbia University,
this site allows visitors to listen to recordings of Yiddish speakers.
You can hearwhat Yezierska is trying to replicate in her English syntax.
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
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.
Virtual University - Contains biographical data, bibliographical
notes, online course, relevant conference schedule, list of relevant hyperlinks,
and scholars in the field.
Garvey and WEB DuBois - Includes biographies, papers, photographs,
bibliographies, and hyperlinks on Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. Dubois
Other Sites of Interest
Sandra Cisneros (videorecording): in conversation with Dorothy Allison
SJSU LIBRARY CALL# XS2316 - Video
includes reading and interview on Oct. 8, 1996 in L.A.
Woman Hollering Creek a place that
really exists - Texas Folklore and location of Woman Hollering Creek
La Llorona.com - A contemporary
tribute to the legend of La Llorona with savvy graphics in flash mode
Teaching La Llorona-A
teachers guide to teaching La Llorona
Understanding contemporary Chicana literature / Deborah L. Madsen SJSU
Chicano Center CALL# PS153.M4 M33 2000
New Narratives and Poetry
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
General Native American Links
Cabeza de Vaca
Adevntures in the Unknown
Enterior of America (1542) - Full online text of the memoir of the
first European to ever travel across North America. There is also
a movie version of this text made by a Mexican filmmaker. This can
be said to be the very first account ever written of an immigrant assimilating
to the American culture--the Native American culture that is.
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.
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.
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
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
This page was last updated on January 8, 2003.