Category: african americans


Jackie Ormes’ “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger” Part 3

In the past two posts, I have written about a few of installments of Jackie Ormes’ Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger. (You can find these posts here and here.) Today, I want to wrap up my discussion of Ormes’ strip by examining one final panel. As I did in the previous post, I want to think about these panels in a broader pedagogical conversation, thinking about … Read More Jackie Ormes’ “Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger” Part 3

Dorothy Allison’s "Bastard Out of Carolina"

It’s been a little while since I read Kaye Gibbon’s Ellen Foster, but I remember the relationship between Starlette and Ellen. A relationship like that does not appear in Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, but what does exist is the presence of African Americans in a mitigated role as the “other” in relation to the Boatwright family. Two scenes in particular grabbed my … Read More Dorothy Allison’s "Bastard Out of Carolina"