Monday, December 4th, 2017...8:47 pmBecca Stout

Resistance to Oppression in the Celtic Revival and Harlem Renaissance

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The inclusion of literature from both the Harlem Renaissance and the Celtic Revival in this anthology is not indicative of a sameness between these movements. The purpose of this anthology is not to say that the Celtic Revival caused the Harlem Renaissance nor is it saying that they contain similar styles of writing or even have works classified in the same literary movements or genres. However, despite how different these movements are, the inclusion of literature from both these movements is purposeful because there is a distinct similarity between them. While the resulting literature from each do not parallel each other, both movements began in response to oppression. The Celtic Revival was incited to reclaim Ireland from British imperialism, while the Harlem Renaissance sparked in response to white supremacy and the failure of the Reconstruction era to create and maintain equality de jure and de facto for African Americans. This anthology will show how, in their own ways, these movements were an act of resistance in response to political oppression.

Question: I was having a hard time figuring out how to start this paragraph. Do you have any suggestions for an intro sentence or opening idea to make it more interesting?


  • I like how you make a clear point to acknowledge the true differences of these movements and it makes it very clear to the reader what your overall goal is in this anthology. The idea of political oppression in very interesting and complex, I’m wondering if there’s a way to open using that idea or a definition of the term.

  •   Leah Struzenski
    December 8th, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    The theme of resistance to oppression is a central theme to both of these movements. I like how you make it clear that you do not intend to insinuate a sameness between the two movements. To address your question, I would include that you are looking at forms of resistance earlier in the paragraph. You do a great job of setting up your stance that these movements are not the same but instead maybe you could present your idea that these movements both use the theme of resistance and then explain that you do not intend to make these movements the same.

  •   Professor Seiler
    December 8th, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Hi, Becca–I know you’re in a new place with this promising project, which will focus on modes of resistance to political oppression (and also draw in some of your interest in history / historiography!).

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