This study addresses the influx of ethnic texts into the literary canon and provides a theoretical/pedagogical strategy for reading and teaching ethnic American texts based on the theoretical works of M.M. Bakhtin, particularly dialogism and literary polyphony. This study demonstrates reading strategies designed to help readers discover the polyphony in American ethnic minority texts and recognize how the characters' and narrators' representations of self and the self's relationship to its environment reside in this polyphony.
Gayle Joyce Bellas is Professor of English at Fairfield University.
Foreword; Acknowledgements; 1. Recognizing Literary Polyphony as a Strategy for Reading and Teaching Ethnic American Texts; 2. Contradiction as Strategy in Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven and Simon Ortiz's Woven Stone; 3. Homes of the Heart: The Futuristic Chicana and Chinese American Female Hero in The House on Mango Street and Bone; 4. Signification as Voice in Sula and The Bluest Eyes; 5. Alternate and Simultaneous Voicing in Kasuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day; 6. Using Dialogism as a Pedagogical Tool for Teaching Ethnic American Texts: A Teacher's Journal; 7. Conclusion; Works Cited; Index.