The photo above is of the head of Canyon de Chelly by Timothy O’Sullivan. For my dissertation, I explored the connections between the ways that African American, Native American, and white women authors used Scottish Enlightenment rhetoric to argue for their positions within the body politic of the United States. One of the key aspects that arose from the dissertation was the ways that African American and … Read More “African American Literature and the American West” Syllabus
On Tuesday, I wrote about 100 Rifles (1969) as a commentary on the cultural moment that it originally appeared within. Today, I want to continue that discussion by briefly looking at couple of more scenes from the film that should be examined. Continuing from where the previous post left off, this post will look at Lyedecker and Herrera’s conversation with the priest as they … Read More “100 Rifles” and the Late 1960s: Part II
Recently, while preparing for the 2016 College Language Association Conference, I went back and looked at more of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s writings. I examined some of his newspaper articles, short stories, and The Love of Landry (1900). During his career, Dunbar wrote four novels, and three of them focused on white, not African American, characters. The Love of Landry was Dunbar’s second novel, and … Read More Paul Laurence Dunbar’s "The Love of Landry" and Civilization
Recently, I went to see Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, The Hateful Eight. During the lead up to the film’s release, I saw discussions that said the movie provides a commentary on current race relations in the United States. While I see this, partly, I do not wish to focus on that aspect because in order to do so, I feel that I need to … Read More Quentin Trantino’s "The Hateful Eight" and Reconciliation?