Reading List: Abbie

Key Words

  1. Gender Representation and Disfigured Bodies
  2. Psychoanalytic Film Theory
  3. Horror Film Studies

Clover, Carol. Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Princeton University Press, 1993.

Clover, Carol. “Her Body, Himself: Gender in the Slasher Film.” Representations, no. 20, 1987, pp. 187-228.

Hutchings, Peter. The Horror Film. Pearson Longman, 2004.

Jones, Steve. “The Pure Moment of Murder: The Symbolic Function of Bodily Interactions in Horror Films.” Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind, vol. 5, no. 2, 2011, pp. 96–114.

Rodowick, D.N. The Difficulty of Difference: Psychoanalysis, Sexual Difference and Film Theory. Routledge, 1991.

Welsh, Andrew. “On the Perils of Living Dangerously in the Slasher Horror Film: Gender Differences in the Association Between Sexual Activity and Survival.” Springer/Plenum, vol. 62, no. 11–12, pp. 762–773.

I put this list together based off a class I took a few semesters ago. The course was titled The Horror Film and focused on analyzing movies including, but not limited to, slasher films. I was inspired by this course so I framed my thesis around my passion for horror films and included some themes from the course including gender. I want to open up my topic and use this inspiration to further analyze horror films. I also researched some more articles surrounding my topic and added them as well. I had some difficulty finding a journal right away, however with more detailed searches regarding the film I came across a few that will enhance my understanding of horror film including the “Horror Studies Journal” and “Journal of Popular Film & Television”.

I have compiled a longer list of primary sources including Halloween, Psycho, The Shining, The Orphan, Saw, The Silence of the Lambs, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th. As I continue to read and narrow my interest and topic I will have a better idea which films I want to use in my thesis. These are all films I have watched several times and I believe have a great influence on horror film studies and would be useful in my analysis. I am very passionate about determining the significance of the ways in which gender and bodies are displayed in horror films. I want to also incorporate the mind and the ways in which they are disfigured in horror films. I am specifically interested in the slasher film and psychological horror.

For my research, I will begin by defining the different theories useful to my topic including psychoanalytical theory and feminist film theory, specifically the idea of the Final. An author that I am specifically interested in is Carol Clover. Her renowned work, Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film, highlights many important aspects of the Final Girl and the important role women play in horror films. She also uses concepts of the Final Girl to determine roles of masculinity throughout movies. Clover analyzes a few films in particular and I am curious if her points uphold throughout other major horror films. Peter Hutchings is another author I am interested in studying. His work, The Horror Film, addresses the danger of Clover’s approach to defining the Final Girl in such a feminine and fragile manner. I want to read more in order to dictate the overlap and examine the critic between Clover and Hutchings.

Reading List: Bella

Keywords/Key Terms

  1. Male Hysteria
  2. Shell-Shock vs. Hysteria
  3. Anxiety in Literature

Secondary and Theoretical Works

  1. H. Rivers, “The Repression of War Experience”, The Lancet (December 1917) Report of the War Office Committee of Enquiry Into ‘Shell-Shock’ (1922). London: Imperial War Museum (2004). https://net.lib.byu.edu/estu/wwi/comment/rivers.htm
  2. Goldstein, Jan. “The Uses of Male Hysteria: Medical and Literary Discourse in Nineteenth-Century France.” Representations, no. 34, 1991, pp. 134–165.
  3. Scragg, Andrew. “Rudyard Kipling and Shell Shock: ‘More than a Man Could Bear.’” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, vol. 59, no. 2, 2016, pp. 175–190.
  4. Tracey Loughran. “Shell Shock, Trauma, and the First World War: The Making of a Diagnosis and Its Histories.” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, no. 1, 2012, p. 94.
  5. Macdonald, Kate. “Rethinking the Depiction of Shell-Shock in British Literature of the First World War, 1914–1918.” First World War Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, Mar. 2017, pp. 37–61.

Academic Journal

  1. SIGNS (University of Chicago Press)

In the fall of 2017, one of the modules I took at UEA was a course called “Nervous Narratives”. Since that class, I have been curious about the repetitive theme of feminizing mental disorders, particularly anxiety-based disorders—within late 18th through mid 19th Century societies and literature. I worked with librarians to narrow down keywords and key terms, because I found that before, my keywords/terms were too broad and often steered me away from the literary realm. Unfortunately, the professors I wanted to meet with were unavailable until later this week. However, I am meeting with both Professor Kersh and Professor Seiler in the upcoming days to discuss other possible sources.

One of the terms above, “male hysteria” came about, after I was advised by librarian Chris Bombaro, to combine the largest and broadest keywords/terms that were essential to my paper. As I am looking into the feminization of anxiety in literature, I decided to combine “masculine” and “hysteria” and immediately got results more applicable to my subject. Moreover, the results broadened my list of possible primary texts. After a brief email exchange with my UEA professor, Professor Cath Sharrock, I was given a list of literary texts to look at, which includes Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, Pat Barker’s Regeneration, Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud’s Studies On Hysteria, and S. Weir Mitchell’s Doctor and Patient. This list, though very broad in scope, will hopefully provide example and understanding from both the “medical”—Freud and Mitchell—remedies and mindsets, which I can then use to analyze and form my own understanding of the literary texts of Woolf, Barker, and Perkins Gilman. Some of my articles that were listed at the top of this also include literature which I may include later on.

Though my meetings with other English Department professors are forthcoming, I have had discussions with my advisor, Professor Sider Jost, about my subject idea for my thesis. I was originally set on solely investigating the question of “why is anxiety portrayed as feminine?” but Professor Sider Jost was quick to have me break that question down. I now would like to explore: how literature portrays anxiety within women and, in comparison, within men? Why are these distinctions and differences in portrayal—if there are any—important? Why feminize anxiety/mental disorder? How does literature combat or reinforce this feminization? What is a “masculine” mindset according to literature?

Shannon Nolan: Reading List

Key-Terms

Nation-building

Language/Linguistic Theory

 

Theoretical Works

Kornprobst, Markus. “Episteme, nation-builders and national identity: the re-construction of Irishness,” Nations & Nationalism, vol. 11, no. 3, 2005,  pp. 403-421.

Stević, Aleksandar. “Stephen Dedalus and Nationalism without Nationalism,” Journal of Modern Literature (JML), vol. 1, no. 1, 2017, pp.40-57

Kiberd, Declan. Inventing Ireland. United States: Random House, 1996.

Ferris, Ina. The Romantic National Tale and the Question of Ireland. Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Gilmartin, Elizabeth. “The Anglo-Irish Dialect: Mediating Linguistic Conflict,” Victorian Literature & Culture, vol. 32, no. 1, 2004, pp. 1-16

 

Journals

ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature (University of Calgary)

Eire-Ireland (The Irish American Cultural Institute)

 

Reflection

I approached this project interested in the intersection between the suppression of language and the building of national identity through literature. What does it mean to write in a language that was not created for your cultural and societal context? A language that has altered the way that a group interacts, thinks, and feels because they must adopt the world view attached to the linguistic system?

Irish literature became an interesting place to begin when one accounted for the national movement to re-introduce Irish as a living language. Writers of the late 19th, and early 20th centuries, such as Joyce and Yeats, debated the practicalities and need for such a re-introduction. Understanding this debate within the context of the building of a national literature then became important. In few other countries, currently writing in English, was there such a massive destruction of language.

Following my meeting with Professor Seiler, I began to think about the English writers, who had returned to London following the revolution, who wrote about or within their Irish experiences. Professor Seiler recommended the works of Elizabeth Bowen, who wrote The Last September, as well as several other novels and a series of Gothic short stories. I connected the Gothic tales to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which has been read as a fear of reverse colonization on the part of the British. Stoker’s position as an Irishman makes his authorship of this novel touchstone of the English Gothic fascinating to me.

From here I am unsure which path my research will follow. I don’t know if I would like to sit in the linguistic realm, or branch out to discover more in the realm of folklore and the Gothic. Narrowing down my interests so that a primary text will be easier to settle on should most likely be my main focus. Regardless, the relationship of Ireland to the english language feels like an important place to start.

Reading List: Frances

Keywords:

Queer identity politics

Stand-up comedy

Joke construction

 

Sources:

Davies, Helen, and Sarah Ilott. Comedy Studies, vol. 9, no. 1, Apr. 2018.

Krefting, Rebecca. All Joking Aside : American Humor and Its Discontents. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.

Lotz, Amanda. The Television Will Be Revolutionized. New York University Press, 2014.

Warner, Michael. The Trouble with Normal : Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life. Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2000., 2000.

 

Academic Journal:

Camera Obscura (Duke University Press)

Reflection:

I started my reading list with a question often posed to lesbian comedians: why are there so many gay stand-up comics? The response is usually related to finding coping mechanisms for trauma and internalized homophobia. However, there are many types of trauma, but not many survivors of car accidents immediately decide to become stand-up comedians. So what specifically about being part of the queer community lends itself to comedy writing?

I began this process by creating a list of as many comedy-related academic sources I could find. Many of the articles I located were published by the journal Comedy Studies. One special issue of the journal was a published record of the proceedings at a conference on comedy in relation to gender and sexuality studies. The issue references a wider variety of topics, from toxic masculinity to classism, and provides a good framework for my research. Another source, The Television Will Be Revolutionized, deals with how the producers of television and media have changed over time. Although it does not directly address stand-up, it focuses on a gradual shift occurring in who controls content production.

I selected All Joking Aside: American Humor and its Discontents because of its focus on word choice, organization, and rhythm. The first four chapters provide a history of the development of stand-up comedy, while the final three chapters are close-readings of the work of three comedians (Robin Tyler, Micia Mosely, and Hari Kondabolu). The focus on form is rare in the scholarship around stand-up, so this source will be uniquely helpful.

Finally, to complete my reading list I wanted sources that focused more on queer literature than on stand-up specifically. Professor Kersh recommended several sources to me, including the first chapter of Michael Warner’s The Trouble with Normal. After reading other chapters of the book, I found it useful because it deals with the idea of addressing shame, which many stand-up comedians discuss. In addition, many jokes work because they question societal norms, and this entire book focuses around questioning assumptions made both in society as a whole and within the queer community itself.

After reading Iyasere’s comments about how many scholars focus on cultural context and ignore the form of Things Fall Apart, I want to see more examples of how film/television media can be analyzed without making the same mistake Iyasare describes. Reading more examples of film criticism will help me learn how to balance cultural contexts with close readings of the text. For this reason, I have chosen to analyze a year’s worth of editions of Camera Obscura, published by Duke University. Each article analyzes television, film, and media from a feminist perspective. The journal will not only inform me about feminist theory and media, but also could provide models of how I balance social contexts with analyzing the text itself.

“Boyish Girl Interrupted.” Performance by Tig Notaro, HBO, 22 Aug. 2015.

In terms of primary sources, I want to compare how comedians handle queerness differently, specifically looking at how the jokes themselves are constructed. Hannah Gadsby’s special Nanette begins with her arguing that she must “quit comedy” because the form is destructive to the queer identity. Wanda Sykes also addresses her queerness, but specifically in conversation with blackness. Tig Notaro often deals with comedy and queerness more indirectly. Her special Boyish Girl Interrupted in particular explores identity questions specifically related to femininity and the body. At one point she removes her shirt to show her double mastectomy scars, performing the rest of the special shirtless. Other examples that interest me are Margaret Cho, Cameron Esposito, and Sam Jay.

Reading List: Kai

Keywords: biracialism, multiracialism, Asian American literature, identity, racial ambiguity

Secondary sources:

Ho, Jennifer Ann. Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture. Rutgers University Press, 2015.

Hoskins, Bruce Calvin. Asian American Racial Realities in Black and White. First Forum Press, 2011.

Root, Maria P. P. Racially Mixed People in America. Sage Publications, 1992.

Suyemoto, Karen L. “Racial/Ethnic Identities and Related Attributed Experiences of Multiracial Japanese European Americans.” Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, vol. 32, no. 4, Oct. 2004.

Academic journal: Multi Ethnic Literature of the U.S. (MELUS)

After compiling a list of draft materials for last week’s class, I knew that I wanted to expand on the keywords and concepts that I had thought of. Though I am still struggling with deciding on a more focused subject, I decided to go with topics that I am curious about and wish to do more research on. I am interested in the representation of multiracial people in literature and what the relationship is between their literary portrayals and realistic selves. I am specifically curious about works of both fiction & nonfiction and about biracial Asian Americans (such as half-Japanese & half-white Americans like myself) and how their identities are shaped culturally, nationally, and racially in both literary fiction and reality. Are biracial and/or multiracial groups prominent in literature? Does literature help multiracial people gain insight on their identities? What are the struggles that these groups face? What are the benefits?

Having grown up as a biracial person in America, I’m aware of how the challenges, emotions, and opportunities that shape identity and sense of belonging. I especially became interested in this topic after reading Trevor Noah’s memoir entitled Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood in which the author, a half white and half black man, navigates through apartheid South Africa. It was a refreshing read as Trevor Noah touched upon familiar topics such as biracialism, choosing sides, identity, and perspective in a simultaneous comical and serious manner. It made me wonder why stories revolving around multiracialism were not as prominent in mainstream literature. Additionally, I have recently read John Okada’s No-No Boy which goes into detail about torn cultural and national identity for Japanese Americans in the aftermath of World War II. This novel has gotten me interested in Asian Americans and their appearances in literature, hence why I wish to specifically focus on this ethnic national group of people.

In terms of authors and primary texts, I believe that Mary-Lee Chai’s Hapa Girl: A Memoir will provide me with helpful information for my research. This is because it is a story about the daughter of a Chinese father and an Irish-American mother and the racial anxiety, fear, hatred, and tension that she faces in both America and China. Reading a memoir through the eyes of a biracial character in an unwelcoming world will give me insight on the struggles of multiracial people and how they overcome such difficulties.

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Reading List: Alexie

Key Terms:

  • Food Studies
  • Labor
  • Immigration

Secondary / Theoretical Works:

  • Brady, Mary Pat.  “‘So Your Social is Real?’ Vernacular Theorists and Economic Transformation”  Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Literary Criticism, edited by: Lyn Di Iorio Sandín and Richard Perez.  Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2007. pp. 209-226. EBSCOhost.
  • Folsom, Michael B.  “Upton Sinclair’s Escape from The Jungle: The Narrative Strategy and Suppressed Conclusion of America’s First Proletarian Novel”  Prospects, vol. 4, 1979.  pp. 237-226.
  • Gerber, Larry G. “Shifting Perspectives on American Exceptionalism: Recent Literature on American Labor Relations and Labor Politics”  Journal of American Studies, Vol. 31, No. 2, 1997, pp.  253–274. JSTOR.
  • Hapke, Laura.  “The Usable Past”  Labor’s Text: The Worker in American Fiction.  Rutgers University Press, New Jersey, 2001.  pp. 285-295.

Academic Journal:

  • MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.

Reflection:

Over the summer, as I had begun to shape rough ideas about my Senior Thesis subject, I quickly understood that I wanted to connect it to Food Studies in some way.  Typically, when food is mentioned in literature and in literary theory, it is through the lens of the culinary dimension of food. While this element is important to pay attention to, I also recognized that this was not the type of lens I wanted to use to explore food in literature.  Eventually, I came across Upton Sinclair’s 1906 novel, The Jungle.  My exposure to this novel’s content and learning about its impact led me towards questioning the overall presence of food industry labor in American literature.  My attention was thus turned to what I consider to be the contemporary version of the concerns Sinclair raises in his novel- exploitation of Latinx/ Chicanx migrant and immigrant labor in food cultivation.  Knowing that I wanted to learn more about this ethnic group’s experiences in labor, I turned to MELUS, which I had learned about last week in class. I was able to find compelling articles published in the past year that I want to read to help build up my knowledge and clarity in this Thesis process.  Additionally, I made sure my key words could apply to the food labor narratives of Sinclair’s time and those of today. By using my key words to help lead my research and making sure I was still within the literary studies discipline, I found the Secondary texts listed above.

Secondary texts aside, compiling a list of literary texts that explore contemporary food labor has proved to be no easy task.  In the 112 years since The Jungle was published, there has not been another literary text about labor in food that has matched the widespread attention and shock that Sinclair’s work managed to capture.  This had come up during a conversation I had with Professor Phillips, who I asked for help in finding a stronger connection between Food Studies and English. This conversation led me to the nonfiction works, Tomatoland (2011) by Barry Estabrook and Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (2001).  While neither are literary texts, they detail modern labor conditions and exploitations in a manner that is similar to Sinclair, and I would like to connect the strong public reactions these exposé-like books created to the aftermath of The Jungle’s publication.  In terms of literary works detailing contemporary immigrant / migrant labor conditions, I was able find a collection of short stories, Breathing, In Dust, by Tim Hernandez.  Published in 2010, the collection is much more obscure than The Jungle, however from what I have read so far, its narrative is very similar to Sinclair’s in its ability to expose the reality of being an immigrant laborer facing exploitation and harsh working conditions through literature.  Using these texts, writers, and my own emerging ideas, I am hoping to carve out a solid proposal by the end of the semester.

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Reading List: Calayah

Key Words: postcolonial literature, narratives, black psychoanalysis

Secondary Sources:

COULIBALY, BOJANA, and Michael J. C. Echeruo. “(Re)Defining the Self through Trauma in West African Postcolonial Short Fiction.” The Critical Imagination in African Literature: Essays in Honor of Michael J. C. Echeruo, edited by Maik Nwosu and Obiwu, Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, New York, 2015, pp. 94–109. JSTOR.

Counihan, Clare. “Reading the Figure of Woman in African Literature: Psychoanalysis, Difference, and Desire.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 38 no. 2, 2007, pp. 161-180. Project MUSE.

Henton, Jennifer E. “‘Sula’’s Joke on Psychoanalysis.” African American Review, vol. 45, no. 1/2, 2012, pp. 99–113. JSTOR.

Journal: Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)

Reflection:

Since I was mostly interested narratives that have to do with the African diaspora, I wanted to incorporate reading materials that reflected that. Initially, I knew that I wanted my thesis to contain varying accounts from different backgrounds, but had key similarities and faults within their characters.  In terms of a few authors that I’m interested in Toni Morrison, Chika Unigwe, and Stacyann Chin. They’ve written works like Jazz, Night Dancer, and The Other Side of Paradise respectively. Each of these works have something to do with what I believe to be the core of what I want my thesis to be focused on. They all contain characters and social settings that depict the kind of narrative I want to focus on. That is to say, they each take place in an urban-type setting and contain female characters that undergo some sort of tribulation. I thought these works would be interesting to look into, mostly because I want my thesis to focus on exploring the different black narratives within memoir or fiction, and seeing how their complex identities can be examined through psychoanalytic theory. The texts listed above could help me do just that once I use the arguments presented in them to help further my own conclusions about the characters within the works I’m interested in. I want to look at how the characters are being defined within these works, either through their society or self-assertion. In doing so, and in using some of the articles mentioned earlier, I want to then analyze these characters through psychoanalytical theory by posing questions that would delve deeper into their presented qualities. For example, “Does their setting/social influence contribute to what seems to be signs of mental health issues?” “What kind of one-dimensional label is set upon the character by others that might try to encompass something much more complex?”. With these kinds of questions as a starting point, I want to try and delve deeper into the narratives of black authors and see how there can be more to the characters they depict than what is initially presented.

 

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Trasgenerational Trauma & Postcolonial Studies (Sally)

Key Words

  • Transgenerational Trauma
  • Trauma Theory
  • Postcolonial Studies

Secondary Sources

  • Caruth, Cathy. Trauma: Explorations in Memory. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1995.
  • Atkinson, Meera. The poetics of Transgenerational Trauma. Bloomsbury Academic,
  • “Postcolonial Trauma Novels.” Studies in the Novel, 40. No. 1-2, 2008.
  • Hsiao, Li-Chun. “The Corruption of Slaves into Tyrants’: Toussaint, Haiti, and the Writing of Postcolonial Trauma.” Journal of Midwest Modern Language Association, 41, no. 1, 2008.
  • Upstone, Sara. “’Same Old, Same Old’: Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Monica Ali’s Brick Lane.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 43, no. 3, 2007, pp. 336-349.

Year long Journal Survey

  • Journal of Postcolonial Writing

The two primary texts I may focus my thesis on are The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat and White Teeth by Zadie Smith. I am drawn to The Dew Breaker for it’s rich and layered narrative which lends itself to both Postcolonial theory and Trauma theory. The novel is a collection of 9 short stories which narrates different Haitian characters’ experiences with brutality and cultural loss. Additionally, I am interested in Danticat’s use of multiple short stories to create a narrative about postcolonial trauma. I think the fragmentation of the narrative works on a meta level in conjunction with Trauma theory and the diaspora she explores in her writing. Secondly, I am drawn to White Teeth because of its complex narration of postcolonial England and the generational effects of colonialism. I am not yet certain how applicable Trauma theory will be to this novel, but I believe it would be an interesting undertaking to explore the multiple forms of trauma present. Further, there are many pieces of the novel which I still do not fully grasp through I have read it many times. I believe that literature which resists your analysis at first often creates the most interesting research process and textual analysis. I also adore Smith’s writing style and the intrusive omniscient narrator she uses throughout the novel. Overall, I think it would be a pleasure to revisit White Teeth as a capstone to my academic career, though I worry it will present many challenges along the way.

As for my research, I will begin by anchoring my understanding of Trauma theory in Cathy Caruth’s foundational book Trauma: Explorations in Memory. This book will allow me to have a basic understanding of the general theory and language which surrounds this subject matter with which I have little prior experience. I will then deepen my understanding of Postcolonial Studies by conducting a year long survey of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. I will then extend my understanding of Trauma theory to the subgenre of transgenerational trauma through Meera Atkinson’s book The poetics of Transgenerational Trauma.  In conjunction with this narrowing I will read the special edition of the journal Studies in the Novel titled “Postcolonial Trauma Novels”. This journal will help build my understanding of Trauma theory in conjunction with Postcolonial theory. Lastly, I will read two topic specific articles which explore the Island nation of Haiti and the novel White Teeth through the Postcolonial lens. These articles will give me insight into which primary text I would like to choose based on how engaging I find the scholarship surrounding their specific topics. In total I have structured my reading list to build off of and deepen my understanding of the very broad fields I am interested in. I hope that this process will bring me clarity as to what primary text I want to focus on while also building my foundational knowledge on this kind of scholarship.

 

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Slave Narrative: Reading List (Quadrese’)

Key Terms: Story-telling, family memoirs, narratives, autobiographical memory, slave narratives, freedom narratives

Secondary Works/ Theoretical Works :

Critical Race Theory

  • Critical Race Theory: A Introduction (Delgado)

Davis, Rocio G. Relative Histories: Mediating History in Asian American Family Memoirs, U of Hawai’i, 2011.

The Art of Slave Narratives: Original Essays in Criticism and Theory, edited by John Sekora and Darwin T. Turner, 1983.

Lovejoy, Paul E. “‘Freedom Narratives’ of Transatlantic Slavery.” Slavery & Abolition, vol 32, 2011. https://doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2011.538200

Rienhart, Nicholas T.‘“I Talk More of The French”Creole Folklore and the Federal Writers’ Project.” Callaloo, 39, 2, 2016: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/622580.

Spillers, Hortense. “Momma’s Baby, Poppa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.”

Zafar, Rafia. We Wear the Mask: African Americans Write Americans Literature, 1760- 1870, New York: U of Columbia, 1991.

Nayar, Sheila J. “The Enslaved Narrative:White Overseers and the Ambiguity of the Story-Told Self in Early African-American Autobiography.” Biography, 39, 2, 2016.

. Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Charles T. Davis, Oxford: 1990.

PaulGilroy: The Black Atlantic

Journals:

Callaloo    |  Biography|  Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies

Summary:

I knew I was interested in stories and storytelling, specifically how Black people told stories. And this summer I read a work by Zora Neal Hurston and it resonated with me. So I gathered that texts on my list would examine storytelling and slave narratives. Furthermore, my list is comprised of authors, articles, or themes that helps interrogate Black life. Since the basis of the recounted stories were personal stories, I am Callolinterested in the language used to describe the quotidian and that relationship to the narrative structure as a whole. My list  will also, primarily have Black writers and thinkers. Because marginalized communities’ stories have similarities, consideration will be given to non-Black writers of color. Zora Neale Hurston is the only “author” of interest right now; however, I am also interested in the accounts of the  formerly enslaved as dictated to the Worker’s Progress Administration (WPA).

Questions:

Might the narrative structure of formerly enslaved people’s stories, suggest an appropriate dictation methodology for scribing Black people’s histories?

What are Black stories?

How are Black stories told?

Who has the authority over the narrative(s)?

Does racial/ethnic background inform approaches to dictating?

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