Hello, my name is Samantha Brown and I am 27 years old. I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree of arts in English. Along with being a full-time student, I am also a mother of four children, three of which I am currently homeschooling. I hope to write one day something that will impact just one person who is struggling with personal trauma, as I have survived multiple traumas. In writing about what I have lived through hopefully it will encourage someone else to keep living despite the immeasurable pain they may be enduring. Until then, I am currently a student at Grand Canyon University, and this is my literary blog. Within this blog there will be eight different topics discussed. Each topic will be based on one shared theme, this theme is multicultural literature or global literature. There are many ways to define the term global as it relates to literature, the definition one receives will depend on the individual answering the question and their experiences with literature on a global level. Personally, I feel that the definition of “global literature” is literature that reaches beyond the country and cultural values in which it originated.
The eighth and final topic is that of cultural integrations in 20th and 21st century literature. Within this topic we read four literary texts they each blurred national boundaries in their own way. Salman Rushdie blurred national boundaries in the piece, “The Perforated Sheet” by taking aspects of his Indian, Pakistani, British, and American background and incorporating them in his work. Jamaica Kincaid blurred national boundaries by taking aspects of her Caribbean and American background and incorporating them in her piece, “Girl” that was published in 1978. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o having lived in Kenya, Uganda, and America, blurred national boundaries in his many of works, but more specifically “Wedding at the Cross” by using his cultural upbringing to do so. Derek Walcott an author described as Saint Lucian and British used his cultural background to blur national boundaries in his work, especially his piece “Omeros”. In blurring these national boundaries each of these 20th century authors portray a struggle with their cultural or global identities. You are welcome to read the literary pieces mentioned above to get a better understanding of blurred national boundaries in 20th century literature. There are links provided below for those who wish to read the stories discussed above or use. By clicking on these links, it will take you to the Grand Canyon University digital resources from there you can download The Norton Anthology of World Literature: Volume One and Volume Two. You can then search for the stories listed. You may need to sign up for trial access to the textbook.
The Perforated Sheet,” by Salman Rushdie, pp. 1711-1723 in Volume 2.
“Girl,” by Jamaica Kincaid, pp. 1725-1726 in Volume 2.
“Wedding at the Cross,” by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, pp. 1692-1702 in Volume 2.
“Omeros,” by Derek Walcott, pp. 1626-1631 in Volume 2.