Tomorrow, bright and early, I’m headed to Cleveland for the Latina Feminisms Roundtable with my classmate Rachel and our professor Julie. It is going to be an intense, informative, and exciting experience. Each paper is given 40 minutes, 25 for reading and 15 for questions, so it’s a longer format and more focused attention on … Continue reading
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.
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
A couple of days ago I was watching The Daily Show when getting ready to walk to campus and I saw a trailer for Janie Face to Face. As a 90’s kid I was hooked. I downloaded the book to my Kindle with embarrassing speed, as well as the 2012 short e-book What Janie Saw, and … Continue reading
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
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