Stories connect us. We tell stories to create and share our commonalities, leading in many ways to the myths we tell ourselves as nations and communities. Along with these aspects, we tell stories to share with others information about ourselves: our likes, our dislikes, our identities. It is this latter aspect that I want to look at some today because both Lizet and her … Read More Constructing Narratives in Jennine Capó Crucet’s “Make Your Home Among Strangers”
If you have read my blog over the last couple of years, you know I have been thinking a lot about whether or not we can truly know ourselves. At the core of this inquiry is whether or not we can ever disentangle ourselves from all of the cultural, familial, and other influences that pour themselves into us on a daily basis. These factors … Read More Reaching Our Whole Self
In the last post, I wrote about Zane Pinchback discussing the social constructions of race and identity in Mt Johnson and Warren Pleece’s Incognegro. Today, I want to continue that discussion by looking at the last section of the graphic novel, specifically Zane’s comments to Alonzo upon arriving back in Harlem and the reveal at the end the final pages where the white citizens … Read More Mistaken Identity in “Incognegro”?
Last post, I wrote about the opening of Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced where Emily works on a portrait of her husband Amir. Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez’s Portrait of Juan de Pareja serves as the inspiration for Emily’s portrait of Amir, and the two discuss Juan de Pareja and specifically the language that they use to construct his identity. The exploration of identity and … Read More Juan de Pareja and Identity in Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced”
Over the last couple of posts, I have written about issues of identity in Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s The Land South of the Clouds. Today, I want to conclude the discussion that I started last post and look at the rest of “Beautiful,” the chapter where Long Vanh details his relationships with women, focusing on the white woman Melanie first then his relationship with his … Read More Identity in Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s “The Land South of the Clouds”: Part III