Persepolis

I think I would have rather read the graphic novel than the subtitles. That being said, it was quite a unique way to display a Bildungsroman. Marji must not only struggle against being a young girl growing up in a "new" Iran; she also has to struggle with simply being a girl. Her parents opposed … Continue reading Persepolis

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Nightmare Bride Returns to Silent Voices

Last evening I had to give a presentation on Krista Ratcliffe and her idea of Rhetorical Listening. One of the main points of her article was that as teachers we often don't recognize our "whiteness," and how it hiders the way we hear rhetoric. Instead of pretending to cast aside our inherent cultural and gender-specific biases, she advocates … Continue reading Nightmare Bride Returns to Silent Voices

Omeros

I have questions. I have never read The Odyssey or The Iliad so I know I am already at a lower level of understanding since this is supposed to be a take on them. I understand Walcott is adopting the epic model so that he can mold it into something else; as though he is … Continue reading Omeros

Purple Hibiscus

When Kambili  and Jaja come of age in Purple Hibiscus, they allegorically represent Nigeria coming of age through a period of civil unrest and post-colonialism. What struck me the most, wasn't the ways in which Adichie contrasted the white and African cultures, it was the ways in which she juxtaposed the people central to Kambili's … Continue reading Purple Hibiscus