Multicultural Teaching & Learning Web Sites

January 14, 2009

The Heath Anthology of American Literature

Web resource, created by Lois Leveen (with Eddie Maloney, Georgetown University), for connecting a multicultural expansive approach to American literature to web-based primary cultural and historical resources. The website allows users to access titles in The Heath Anthology through several different organizational strategies: title, author, year of publication, and the print volume’s table of contents. Also includes an online, expanded Instructor’s Guide, a “dynamic, online community of instructors.”

Reel American History

A student-produced archive for the study of film and American history, envisioned and administered by Ed Gallagher. The project seeks to foster critical thinking about the formation of the American national identity. The site provides students an opportunity for “comparing the available historical record with the dynamic art work.” and invites them to “reflect on the nature and function of history.” and “to experience the truth that history is constructed and to reflect on that experience.”

Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color

World Wide Web project that focuses on the lives and works of women writers of color in North America. The site is a collaborative effort between faculty and students in the Department of English and the Program in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. The objective of this site is to serve as an active learning component in secondary and higher education literature classrooms where the works of women writers of color are read and studied.

African Women Webliography

Comprehensive webliography has links to sites about African women in arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Excellent “gateway” for scholarly, media and popular culture resources about women throughout the continent.

The Arts: Women of African Descent

The depth and complexity of the resources that artist Carla Williams has amassed on black women is almost overwhelming. Essays, photos, artist bios, online archives and links to other sites utilize the “best” that the internet has to offer. Anyone looking for information on contemporary Africana women artists should begin at the Carlagirl site. In addition, her section of resources on Venus Hotentott are particularly rich.

NYPL Digital Schomburg African American Women Writers of the 19th Century

Downloadable full text of works by 19th and early 20th Century African American women that were out of print. Tremendous resource for students of literature, history and American Studies. Includes works by over 2 dozen writers including Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Harriet Wilson, Phyllis Wheatley and more. Has good biographies and bibliographies.

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