I’ve been reading lots and lots and lots and lots of theory lately. I have my comprehensive exams for my PhD coming up. I’m doing a lot with the concept of ethnicity in my work, since I decided to craft a reading list that looks at ethnic literature around the United States. I have some…… Continue reading Thoughts on Essentialism/Antiessentialism in (anti)Race Discourse
I warned you of this Shoyahpee, but you laughed at my words. You left them by the trail as things to be forgotten and lost. But they can not die! That which is true lives forever, but that which is false has no foundation.” These words, spoken by the Stemteemä, an elderly Okanogan woman who…… Continue reading Left and Found Objects
I have little to say, so far. I’ve just started reading Cogewea: The Half-Blood by Mourning Dove (Hum-Ishu-Ma). The introduction discusses her relationship with Lucullus V. McWhorter, a “pioneer of encyclopedic interests.” McWhorter encouraged Mourning Dove in her efforts as a writer, and she became the first recognized American Indian woman to write a novel. McWhorter, however,…… Continue reading The Irony of “Preservation”
“Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin has to be one of my favorite stories, and it paired perfectly today with my need to discuss racism with my students. There’s a line where the narrator says, “My trouble made his real.” And, later, Sonny says, “And I don’t know how I played, thinking about it now, but…… Continue reading Empathy, and recognizing humanity
I just finished reading Benito Cereno by Herman Melville. I read it a long time ago (about 8 years, I guess?) in my American Literature Survey course as an undergraduate. I remember liking it then. I don’t remember my other responses. I don’t remember what I thought about the portrayals of the mutinous Africans that…… Continue reading Benito Cereno: What was your message?