Pulke, Maple Syrup, and Palm Wine: International and Multicultural Literatures for Cross-cultural Learning and Understanding

By Osayimwense Osa.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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Multiculturalism is still a buzzword in the humanities and education. Through exposure to multicultural literatures, students expand their multicultural knowledge and awareness. Having a meaningful experience and understanding of multiple world cultures is to learn how to understand and appreciate the other. Cross-cultural understanding helps one to learn to intelligently accept differences which the world needs for international understanding and world peace. Using a combination of literary and practical pedagogical approaches, and real classroom experiences, the aim of this study is to explore the uniqueness of the individual and common threads that bind people together in multicultural and international literatures for children and youth, and how it can be humanistically and effectively taught in colleges and universities.

Keywords: Literature, Adolescent Literature, Comparative Analysis, Multiculturalism, Diversity, Pluralism, Prejudice, Social Studies, Education, Humanities

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp.43-59. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 497.994KB).

Dr. Osayimwense Osa

Professor, Department of English, Virginia State University, USA

A Fellow of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and Editor of the Journal of African Children’s & Youth Literature, Osayimwense Osa is a professor of English at Virginia State University. His current research is concerned with meaningful internationalizing and teaching of world literature in colleges and universities.