I know this goes awhile back, but several classes ago, we talked about the importance of categorizing literature into different genres. We discussed if knowing the genre of a work influences how we read and interpret in. In another class I'm taking, we are reading Native American Literature. It seems like whatever piece we read, we circle back to the debate of does an author need to be Native American to produce this type of literature? Also, by going into the work with the notion that this is a Native American novel, not non-fiction, do we expect it to teach us accurately, and completely, about Native American culture? I'm wondering what people who aren't in the class, who haven't been influenced by this ongoing struggle, think. Do we expect something different from a work if we know what genre it's in or know how it's been categorized, specifically if it's about a certain ethnicity, class, or time period?