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Context Matters. Words Matter. On Quvenzhané Wallis and the Onion’s Tweet

[WARNING: Feminism ahead.] This is going to be shorter than I’d like, because I’m having awful hand pain and still have to type a bunch of things tonight.  But I can’t not post it. In case you missed it, among … Continue reading

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THE HUNGER GAMES Movie: It Has Black In It

By which, of course, I’m referring to the dismal decision to cast some random black cat as Buttercup, instead of the adorable, sweet, innocent yellow tabby I totally pictured him as.  Why did the producers have to make all the … Continue reading

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My Graduate Studies Will Be Intersectional or They Will Be Bull@*(#!

Intersectionality Theory:  A way of looking at texts so as to trace simultaneously the interlocking oppressions they describe and enforce; a recognition that authors, characters, and societies produce and are products of all their particular privileges and oppressions acting at … Continue reading

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On Trayvon Martin, Michael Donald, and “The Last Lynching in America”

You’ve probably heard by now about the Feb. 28 death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black Florida boy who was shot to death by 28-year-old Hispanic neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman (Zimmerman has admitted pulling the trigger) for reasons Zimmerman and … Continue reading

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‘Sapphira and the Slave Girl’: It’s Not Really About the Latter

“‘Yes, I know.’  Mr. Fairhead sighed.  ‘It’s the one thing they’ve got to feel important about – that they’re white.  It’s pitiful.’”  -Willa Cather, Sapphira and the Slave Girl My first edition of Willa Cather’s Sapphira and the Slave Girl … Continue reading

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