Junot Diaz on Colbert Report for Freedom University

Great interview with Junot Diaz, author of Drown (on my comps list, woo!), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and This is How You Lose Her. Access to education is not just an international issue, there are people fighting the fight here in the U.S. as well.

Nahid Rachlin: Persian Girls

Yesterday, our campus was visited by Nahid Rachlin, novelist and author of the memoir Persian Girls. Rachlin visited my WGS class and I had the pleasure of having dinner with her, faculty, and one of my colleagues before a reading and question session on campus. Persian Girls tells Rachlin’s story, starting when she was adopted by … Continue reading

Girl-Rearing in The Sociopath Next Door

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ve been reading Martha Stout’s The Sociopath Next Door. One of my goals on this blog is to demonstrate through many varied examples the ways that the conflicting messages we give girls about themselves and their social interactions can do far-reaching damage. So, here’s an example: “What happens to … Continue reading

Innocence(?) in The Bluest Eye

Before I even begin, I know that I am biting off more than I can chew. I’m in a summer sprint course about slave narratives, focusing especially on how the conventions of the slave narrative have potentially/definitely shaped African American literature even in modern times. As someone who is not a scholar of African American … Continue reading