Category: Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White

Conversation with Lila Quintero Weaver about “Darkroom”

A couple of years ago, a student introduced me to Lila Quintero Weaver’s Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White. I read it soon after, and I knew that I wanted to eventually teach it in one of my courses. This semester, in my Multicultural American Literature course, I taught Darkroom, and Weaver graciously spoke with me about her book. Today, I want to … Read More Conversation with Lila Quintero Weaver about “Darkroom”

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Learning History in Lila Quintero Weaver’s “Darkroom”

One of the threads weaving its way through my Multicultural American Literature course this semester focuses on the importance of knowing our history, the good and the bad. This thread appears in Lila Quintero Weaver’s Darkroom: A Memoir in Black & White at the very beginning of the text and moves throughout. I’ve written some about this before, specifically when Weaver details the Know … Read More Learning History in Lila Quintero Weaver’s “Darkroom”

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Multicultural American Literature Syllabus 2022

Over the past few years, I have taught numerous multicultural American literature courses, at various levels from sophomore to graduate. This semester, the texts center around the question, “Who is American?” Unlike previous semesters, I have read or taught these texts before, so none are really new to me. However, the overarching theme and the focus of the texts has provided me with ways … Read More Multicultural American Literature Syllabus 2022

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Whiteness in Lila Quintero Weaver’s “Darkroom”: Part III

Over the past two posts, I have been writing about Lila Quintero Weaver’s Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White. Today, I want to finish up the discussion I started last post about the malleability of whiteness that Weaver highlights throughout Darkroom. She explores this with her father when he goes to the church in Texas and when he goes with the black carpenter … Read More Whiteness in Lila Quintero Weaver’s “Darkroom”: Part III

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Whiteness in Lila Quintero Weaver’s “Darkroom”: Part II

In the last post, I discussed how Lila Quintero Weaver’s Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White highlights the ways that whiteness and racism seep into the community consciousness. Today, I want to look at how Weaver’s Darkroom shows the intricate entanglements of whiteness, specifically with Weaver and her family. Weaver’s family is from Argentina, and they are immigrants to America. In the first … Read More Whiteness in Lila Quintero Weaver’s “Darkroom”: Part II