Children's Literature in Education. Sep2008, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p201-212. 12p.
AFRICAN Americans, CHILDREN'S literature, HUMOR in literature, RACE in literature, and RACISM in literature
This article examines the utilization of racial humor in Christopher Paul Curtis’ novel, The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963. The theoretical perspectives that inform the analysis include critical race theory and humor theory. The results of the analysis reveal that the use of humor in this book is influenced to a significant degree by race and racism. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
RACISM in literature, WOMEN novelists, RACISM, AFRICAN Americans, and WHITE people
This article discusses the racial themes in the novels by Anne Tyler. The predominant theme is the suggestion that equality and harmony between the races are not desirable but achievable and the minor theme is her proposal that white racism may affect progress. Few African American characters are included in her novels about domestic crises and concerns of characteristics living in the southern part of the U.S. "Searching for Caleb" is one of her novels that include African American characters who are employed as domestics in white households.
An essay is presented that explores the representation of sins and racism in the short story "Sorrowful Mysteries" by Andre Dubus. The story reflects on the process of how racists are made. He contends that a racial attitude is not only develop from family politics but on how limited information is processed. The author also relates his experience of talking to an undergraduate from Wake Forest University who suggested that African Americans and Caucasians should never meet.
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (Theodore Cross Family Charitable Foundation); Spring2005, Issue 47, p20-20, 2/3p
AFRICAN Americans, INTELLIGENCE levels, and RACISM in literature
Reports on the controversy over the book "The Bell Curve," by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray. Book's argument that average African Americans have intelligence quotient that are 15 percent lower than those of whites; Authors' claim on the ineffectiveness of the U.S. government's effort to reduce inequality because of African Americans' lower cognitive abilities; Ranking of the book on the "Publishers Weekly" bestseller list; Authors' call for limiting welfare and affirmative action.