If you don’t follow me on Twitter, then you are unaware that I am attempting to teach a somewhat unusual American Lit survey in the fall. Basically, I am not teaching the traditional American canon (i.e., the greats of U.S. literature). Instead, my course will offer a broader interpretation of “American” to include works from U.S. writers and writers from the Americas at large — North, Central, South, and the Caribbean. Essentially, this course will be designed to challenge the traditional canon in almost every way; even the U.S. texts I select will offer a challenge. While I am familiar with a great deal of work from these regions/areas, there is always the possibility that I’ve missed something I should seriously consider for inclusion — hence, this post.
If you have a suggestion for a short story, play, or novel that is from one of these regions, please leave a comment. I am also open to suggestions for U.S. works written by traditionally marginalized groups (Native Americans, people of color, etc.).
So suggest away!
P.S.: Translations are more than welcome (and expected, considering the range I’ve selected). As long as I can get it in English, it’s open game.