Expatriate writers left America and wrote of being American from afar. Migrant writers came to America and described Americans as they found them. Compare and contrast one writer from each group. How were their views of America similar and dissimilar? Illustrate your response with quotations from the texts.
Reference the following:
Read “Unit 12 Migrant Struggle” in American Passages: A Literary Survey.
Read the following selections from The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume D:
John Steinbeck: Read the biographical material on Steinbeck and “The Leader of the People.” The previous edition of the anthology had excerpts from Steinbeck’s great work The Grapes of Wrath. Your local library is sure to have a copy of this novel, but excerpts can also be read online if you use a search engine to find “The Grapes of Wrath excerpts.”
Carlos Bulosan: Read the biographical material on Bulosan and “Be American.”
Robinson Jeffers was included in the last Norton Anthology but is not included in this one. You can read a brief bio of Jeffers at: Jeffers Bio. You can read some of his poetry through the following links: “Hurt Hawks” and “November Surf.”
Muriel Rukeyser was included in the last Norton Anthology but is not included in this one. You can read a brief bio of Rukeyser at either link and follow links to a couple of poems at the second one: Rukeyser I and Rukeyser II.
Read the following selections from The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume E:
Rudolpho A. Anaya: Read the biographical material on Anaya and the excerpts from Bless Me, Ultima. Anaya’s story “The Christmas Play” is no longer in the anthology.
Alberto Rios: Read the biographical material on Rios and all Rios selections. “Advice to a First Cousin” is no longer in the anthology.
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