Hello all, my name is Donovan.
Currently I am both working full time and attending college online with Grand Canyon University (GCU) for an English Teaching degree for Secondary Education. Yep… I am going to be a teacher. My family thinks I am crazy.
When I made the decision to embark on this journey toward becoming a teacher the first question I was asked was, “Why do you want to be a teacher?” My response: “It is not for the money.” Regardless of that, I have that young bright mentality that I want to make the world of teaching a better place and I want to be that source of good in the world. It’s definitely a dream of mine and I am most definitely looking forward to completing my teaching certification.
Since starting my journey there have been a great many things I have learned along the way. Take multicultural literature for example. Literature that is written with the influence of not one, but many cultures. The best way to describe multicultural literature is with the term global, which I would define as literature that comes from and is influenced by beliefs, experiences, values, and even in some cases actual history. Fact of the matter is, multicultural literature and culture are necessary products of diversity in literature and that is why the term global is a necessary definition regarding literature itself.
With that being said, I suppose you could say that multicultural literature also has a unique gift to blur the national boundaries of literature. There are many stories that are written with a specific purpose in mind, and even though the author may be one religion or culture, it is the influence of other cultures that stretch the boundaries of literature. With multiple cultures influencing a writer’s stories it is easy for a mixture of cultures to bring forth something truly remarkable. You see, literature isn’t about one singular culture. It is about the connection and bringing together of many cultures. The bringing together of many cultures is how unique pieces of literature are created, rising from the ashes and bringing us 20th-century literature. Literature today, or 20th-century literature is represented by different culture combinations affecting the outcome of a story. Furthermore, modern 20th-century literature portrays the many struggles of cultural identity. Take for instance the story Girl by author Jamaica Kincaid. This author and his literature in the past have been described as Caribbean and American. This story portrays well relatable and still modern struggles of a nagging mother and what seems like a rebellious daughter. The whole story is about how the mother wants to be a guiding force in her daughter’s life with Kincaid filling the spaces of the page with the things that the mother constantly tells her daughter how to do something, how not to do something, how to act, be, dress, and speak. Even to this day the clash of cultures can create struggles in cultural identity like this character felt. If Kincaid took his Caribbean upbringing portraying that in his stories mom character and his American upbringing into the character of the daughter, then you can see where the daughter in the story struggles with cultural identity.
After all this I have learned that literature is a necessary guiding force, just like the mother in Kincaid’s story. How else will we learn about the different facets of literature, the different avenues and paths a story can go if we don’t bring cultures together? We won’t. Where we go now is anyone’s guess and there is only a future of tomorrow’s to look forward to and so many stories to be told.