If you enjoy what you read here at Interminable Rambling, think about making a contribution on our Patreon page. Recently, I spoke with a colleague’s class about Ernest J. Gaines and specifically A Gathering of Old Men (1983). During the question and answer period, two students asked questions that made me start to think about the ways that Gaines, throughout his entire career, challenges … Read More Ernest J. Gaines’ “A Gathering of Old Men” and the Social Construct of Race
From the very beginning, Ernest J. Gaines has made his indebtedness to Ivan Turgenev, and specifically Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons (1862) known. When Gaines entered the library for the first time in California, he did not find books by African American authors; instead, he discovered, amidst the rows and rows of bound texts, books by Russian, Irish, French, and American authors who wrote about … Read More Ivan Turgenev’s “Fathers and Sons” and Ernest J. Gaines
Over the past couple of weeks, I have written some posts regarding the idea of surveillance in African American literature and music. During that time, I watched Dope (2015), a movie that deals with identity and society’s perceptions regarding individuals, in this case an African American teenager in Los Angeles who wants to go to Harvard and loves 90’s hip hop. In one scene, … Read More Surveillance in "Catherine Carmier"