Part I: Choose a main character in any of the short stories this week. Tell us about him or her. Describe the character physically and give us a few adjectives to describe his/her personality, using quotes from the reading as evidence. Would you like this person if you knew him or her? Why or why not. What is the main problem or conflict in the character's life. Do you feel he/she handled the problem well or poorly?
Part II: Based on all the readings done up to this point, what, in your opinion, are the most important characteristics that distinguish American literature? Do you think that our literature is a good representation of 'American Identity'?
Part III: What contemporary author do you think will represent the early 21st century in an American literature class of the future? What do you think this writer brings to the table that is representative of American life or that shows a distinct and important cultural trend or message/theme that is worth studying?
Your initial discussion should be at least 200 words. It must include MLA citations – both in-text and an end citation. Citations are not counted as part of your 200 word count requirement. Please also respond to a minimum of two of your classmates' initial posts and bring together pieces of the discussion and take those ideas further. These responses should be at least 150 words.
Jhumpa Lahiri: Author Bio
Jhumpa Lahiri: The Third and Final Continent
Sherman Alexie: Author Bio
Sherman Alexie: What You Pawn I Will Redeem
Sandra Cisneros: Author Bio
Sandra Cisneros: Woman Hollering Creek
Alice Walker: Author Bio
Alice Walker:Everyday Use
Cathy Song: Author Bio
Cathy Song: Picture Bride