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American passages : 1. Native voices. 2. Exploring borderlands

Published by : Oregon Public Broadcasting From Annenberg/CPB Physical details: 60 min. Year: 2002
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Series description: American Passages is a video series that looks at American literature, connecting major writers to those less often taught. The series takes an expanded view of American literary movements, bringing in a diversity of voices and tracing the continuity among them. The 16 half-hour programs explore works of fiction, prose and poetry within their historical, social and cultural contexts. The videos are coordinated with the NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, and are used in the United States as the basis of a one or two-semester university level course on American literature. 1.Native Voices Native Americans had established a rich and highly developed tradition of oral literature long before the writings of the European colonists. This program explores that richness by introducing Native American oral traditions through the work of three contemporary authors: Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo), Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo), and Luci Tapahonso (Navajo). 2.Exploring Borderlands Chicana writer Gloria Anzaldza tells us that the border is "an open wound" where the lifeblood of two worlds is merging to form a third country - a border culture." This program explores the literature of the Chicano borderlands and its beginnings in the literature of Spanish colonization.