Literary  Circle Books

Language and Literature, Spring 2019

Language and Communities

Learning Outcome

Demonstrate an awareness of how language and meaning are shaped by culture and context.

Guiding Questions

  1. How do people express their allegiance to a particular community through language?
  2. How is language used to define a particular community?
  3. What kinds of practices define a community?
  4. How is language used to construct one's identity?
  5. How do people use one or more languages in various contexts to express their individual identity?
  6. How do individuals define themselves according to the practices of a community?

Brief summaries are linked to each title.

Literature Circle Books at Meridian

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Asian Culture

  1. Kitchen  God’s Wife by Amy Tan
  2. Hiroshima by John Hersey

American Culture

  1. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  2. Soloist by Steve Lopez
  3. Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  4. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Indian Culture

  1. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahirir
  2. The White Tiger by Ararind Adiga
  3. The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Middle Eastern Culture

  1. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  3. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafishi

Latino Culture

  1. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  2. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent Julia Alvarez
  3. In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

African Culture

  1. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngoizi Adichie
  2. Born a Crime  by Trevor Noah

Asian Culture

  1. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  2. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

American Culture

  1. Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers

Indian Culture

  1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Middle Eastern Culture

  1. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
  2. Snow by Orhan Pamuk

Latino Culture

  1. House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  2. Her Mother’s Mother’s Mother and Her Daughters by Maria Jose Silveira
  3. Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor
  4. I am not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by  Ericka Sanchez

African Culture

  1. Nervous Conditions  by Tsitsi Dangarembga
  2. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay