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The Master Race? Xenophobia and Racism in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

This post originally appeared over at Pedagogy and American Literary Studies on November 19, 2018.  During a public meeting on November 13, 2018, a white county commissioner in Leavenworth County Kansas told Triveece Penelton, a Black city planner, “I don’t want you to think I’m picking on you, because, we’re part of the master race…You know you got a gap in your teeth, we’re the masters, … Read More The Master Race? Xenophobia and Racism in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

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Laurel Falls Camp at 100

Note: This article originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of “A View from the Mountain,” the Lillian E. Smith Center’s newsletter. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Laurel Falls Camp. Lillian Smith’s father, Calvin, opened the camp in 1920, and it was the first private camp for girls in the state of Georgia. “Miss Lil,” as the campers called her, took over … Read More Laurel Falls Camp at 100

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Lillian E. Smith Graphic Memoir

In my last post, I wrote about the graphic memoir project that I assigned this semester in my Literature and Composition Graphic Memoir class. As well, I talked about making my own graphic memoir alongside my students, and I shared a brief three page sequence from the project. Today, I want to share with you my finished project and my artist statement, a brief … Read More Lillian E. Smith Graphic Memoir

The Psychological Cell in Max Brooks and Caanan White’s “The Harlem Hellfighters”

Max Brooks and Caanan White’s The Harlem Hellfighters tells a fictionalized story on the 369th Infantry Regiment during World War I. The 369th was an African American regiment, and the Germans dubbed them the Harlem Hellfighters. Brooks and White’s graphic novel highlights the discrimination against African American soldiers both and home and abroad, and it highlights their heroism during the war. For this post, … Read More The Psychological Cell in Max Brooks and Caanan White’s “The Harlem Hellfighters”

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Kamala Khan or Ms. Marvel? Identity in “Ms. Marvel: No Normal”

Ever since I first read G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s Ms. Marvel, I knew that I wanted to teach it in one of my courses. This semester, I finally had the chance to teach volume 1, “No Normal,” in my Multicultural American Literature class. Today, I want to write some about Ms. Marvel, specifically looking at the ways that Kamala Khan grapples with … Read More Kamala Khan or Ms. Marvel? Identity in “Ms. Marvel: No Normal”