The April A to Z Blogging Challenge is starting to slow down, which means I want to bring out a big word for today’s post! Xenophobia, “the fear of foreigners”, is a term that doesn’t often pop up in writing and literature, so why bother talk about it?
I recently had a conversation with a close friend of mine and we got into the topic of not only xenophobia, but also multiculturalism in literature. The topic came up while I was discussing some unfinished work from my college days almost a year ago now. My major was English, and I was in my final multicultural literature class and we were discussing xenophobia in literature. The class, and the discussion ended with this question:
Does xenophobia (the fear of foreigners) exist in our writing today?
When it comes to certain books, I know the topic of xenophobia comes up quite a bit. Many books that concentrate on race, or a specific race for that matter talk about the fear of other races and or the fear of other cultures. But does this topic show up only when reading a book specifically about race?
I want to hear from my readers what they have experienced when it comes to the topic of xenophobia. Have you come across it in a book that wasn’t centered around a specific race or culture? If you have, let us know the title and the author! I know I’d love to add some new books to my “to be read” list!