Race in the Multiethnic Literature Classroom

Author: Edited by Cristina Stanciu and Gary Totten
How race shapes teaching and understanding US multiethnic literature
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Publication Date
Paperback: 09/10/2024
Cloth: 09/10/2024
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About the Book

The contemporary rethinking and relearning of history and racism has sparked creative approaches for teaching the histories and representations of marginalized communities. Cristina Stanciu and Gary Totten edit a collection that illuminates these ideas for a variety of fields, areas of education, and institutional contexts.

The authors draw on their own racial and ethnic backgrounds to examine race and racism in the context of addressing necessary and often difficult classroom conversations about race, histories of exclusion, and racism. Case studies, reflections, and personal experiences provide guidance for addressing race and racism in the classroom. In-depth analysis looks at attacks on teaching Critical Race Theory and other practices for studying marginalized histories and voices. Throughout, the contributors shine a light on how a critical framework focused on race advances an understanding of contemporary and historical US multiethnic literatures for students around the world and in all fields of study.

Contributors: Kristen Brown, Nancy Carranza, Luis Cortes, Marilyn Edelstein, Naomi Edwards, Joanne Lipson Freed, Yadira Gamez, Lauren J. Gantz, Jennifer Ho, Shermaine M. Jones, Norell Martinez, Sarah Minslow, Crystal R. Pérez, Kevin Pyon, Emily Ruth Rutter, Ariel Santos, and C. Anneke Snyder

* Funding support provided by the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office, University of Nevada, Las VegasFunding support provided by the College of Humanities and Sciences, Office of the Dean, Virginia Commonwealth University

About the Author

Cristina Stanciu is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the author of The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1879–1924. Gary Totten is a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the author of African American Travel Narratives from Abroad: Mobility and Cultural Work in the Age of Jim Crow.



Race in the Multiethnic Literature Classroom foregrounds the imperative of teaching anti-racist education through the adoption of racial literacy and innovative pedagogies to offer critical hope for social change in our troubled time. This book is indispensable reading for twenty-first century scholars and teachers in college classrooms across the country.”--Mary Jo Bona, coeditor of Multiethnic Literature and Canon Debates