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
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
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
Tsotsi to me was an allegory. Since the definition of the word means any "Black street thug" (dictionary.com), I found that he was to represent an entire group of people in the spirit of the "Everyman" allegorical plays. He lives by his own code of ethics which has been made up of violence and self-centered … Continue reading Black Everyman?
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
The first image is of Kabul before the Taliban, and the second image is of Kabul during Taliban control.Afghanistan has endured colonialism from Russia and cultural influence from the United States for many years. The Taliban has capitalized on the natives' fear of religious and cultural persecution at the hands of foreign governments only to … Continue reading Swallowed by Kabul
Women and girls have long been targeted in the Himalayan nation, with the UN estimating that up to 15,000 a year are trafficked to brothels abroad, mainly to India, but also as far as South Korea. According to an article published on the Daily Mail website in May of 2016, the situation has worsened since … Continue reading Sex Slaves