Sunday, March 7, 2010

Readings for 3/9 and 3/11: The Bluest Eye and The World and the Jug

African American girl, full-length portrait, seated on stool, facing slightly right. Photo by Thomas E. Askew. From Types of American Negroes, compiled and prepared by W.E.B. Du Bois, v. 1, no. 59. Part of the Paris Exposition of 1900. 

 Literary/Textual Analysis Quiz #3

Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye:
Write an essay of between 300-500 words (2 pages—MAXIMUM) in answer to the following question.  
DUE TUESDAY, MARCH 9th, 2010--at the BEGINNING of class.

In author Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, shame and internalized racial self-hatred are motivating factors in the actions of some of the major characters we meet in the first 93 pages. Discuss how these self-destructive factors manifest themselves in two (2) of the following characters: Junior, Pecola, Geraldine, Cholly. Please base your response on textual evidence and quotes from the text. I am not asking you for your opinion in the absence of reasoned analysis, although you are free to include a final personal observation at the end of your essay. For this quiz, please paraphrase and include only page numbers, MLA-style. Ex: (54).


Ellison's "The World and the Jug" 
We will discuss Ellison's major argument in this seminal essay on Thursday, as we continue to discussion the Morrison novel. Please come prepared to participate. 

Presentations This Week
Tuesday, 3/9
Patrick Racine: William Pickens, "The Kind of Democracy the Negro Expects" (1919)
Shena Fraser: Charlotta Bass, "Acceptance Speech for Vice-Presidential Candidate..." (1952)
Leonard Stewart: Malcolm X, "Exhorting Afro-Americans to Confront White Oppression" (1965)
Timmia Dansby: Shirley Chisolm, "I Am for the Equal Rights Amendment" (1970)
Faraji Johnson: Stokely Carmichael, "Definitions of Black Power" (1966)
Amanda Griffin: Barbara Jordan: "Who, Then, Will Speak to the Common Good?" (1976)

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