English 223 Term 2-­‐ Week 3 Announcements • No regular classes during Week 7. Instead, film screen and panel discussion on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 in MS.04. 7PM. Please feel free to invite friends. • Ferguson Solidarity Tour Wednesday 28 January, 1pm to 3pm Room MS.01 Featuring Rev Sekou alongside: Carole Duggan (Justice for Mark Duggan), Marcia Rigg Sean Rigg Justice & Change, Saqib Deshmukh (Justice for Habib Paps Ullah), Tony Herbert (father of James Herbert), Jessica Agboola (Chair of Warwick AntiRacism Society) and Abi Awojobi (Warwick Anti-Racism Society). • Week 10 Reading • February 5th: Jack Halberstam “Complicity: Guilt, Collaboration and the Psychic Debts of Catastrophe” 5pm PLT “I can’t prepare myself a revolutionary packet that makes no sense when I leave the white suburbs of Watertown, Massachusetts and take the T-line to Black Roxbury […] I hear there are some women in this town plotting a lesbian revolution. What does this mean about the [black] boy shot in the head [by white cops] is what I want to know. I am a lesbian. I want a movement that helps me make some sense of the trip from Watertown to Roxbury, from white to Black. I love women the entire way, beyond a doubt” “We realize that the liberation of all oppressed peoples necessitates the destruction of the politicaleconomic systems of capitalism and imperialism as well as patriarchy. We are socialists because we believe that work must be organized for the collective benefit of those who do the work and create the products, not for the profit of the bosses. Material resources must be equally distributed among those who create these resources.” -“Combahee River Collective Statement,” (1978) “This Bridge Called My Back intends to reflect an uncompromised definition of feminism by women of color in the U.S. We named this anthology ‘radical’ for we were interested in the writings of women of color who want nothing short of a revolution in the hands of women […] The six sections of This Bridge intend to reflect what we feel to be the major areas of concern for Third World women in the U.S. in forming a broad-based political movements 1) How visibility/invisibility as women of color forms our radicalism; 2) the ways in which Third World women derive a feminist political theory specifically from our racial/cultural background and experience; 3) the destructive and demoralizing effects of racism in the women’s movement; 4) the cultural, class, and sexual differences that divide women of color; 5) Third World women’s writing as a tool for self-preservation and revolution; and 6) the ways and means of a Third World feminist future. The revolution begins at home” -From the Introduction Some critics consistently inscribe Esperanza’s “dream in a foundational democratic rhetoric and declaration (that the pursuit of freedom, liberty, and happiness is the right of all American citizens); they do so reflexively, in the naïve, albeit earnest belief that an iron will and individual hard work (that is, the Protestant work ethic) would eventually lead her to her dream. [These critics] overlook the regional specificity of the novel, sidestepping its pointed focus on the relation between issues of ethnicity and class and the novelistic representation of ideologies of exclusion based on the protagonist's Chicana background and working-class roots. […] In their persistent view of Mango Street as a ‘mirror of life,’ the groups I have pointed out have generally failed to take into account the book's ideological and narrative intricacies [… Instead, I propose reading] the last chapter as a persuasive device aimed at drawing the attention of Mango Street's initial implied readers—Chicanos/ Chicanas—away from the original, basic rift in herself, a division which, on one hand, fueled her desire to be alone to write, and, on the other, triggered her claim to simultaneously desire to want to be in, and serve her community” - Felicia J Cruz English 223 – Second Essay Length: 3000 Words Due: Tuesday, March 10th 2015 In Quicksand, Helga Crane moves from Naxos to Chicago, Harlem, Copenhagen, and eventually to the South, trying to find a place where she belongs. Throughout the novel, Larsen suggests that each space embodies of certain racial ideology (racial uplift and accommodation in the Southern race school, urban isolationism in Harlem, black primitivism in Copenhagen, and the folk in the South). Helga’s ultimate alienation offers a critique of each of these spaces and its dominant ideologies. Many of the novelists we have examined this year have similarly thought about the relationship between geography ideology. Over the past 15 weeks, we have read and discussed novels through the lenses of domestic space, urban space, and the spaces of the maquiladora and the prison. We have considered both how different spaces produce different political, aesthetic, and social practices and how politics and ideology also produce different spaces. Drawing on one of the spatial units, choose either one or two texts and develop an interpretive argument about the role that space plays within your text (or texts). Some questions you might want to consider include: what are the political processes (and racial, gendered, or class ideologies) that the authors identify as shaping that space? What kinds of politics are possible within the space? Do the authors privilege one space over another as the locus of freedom? Does the novel seek to critique that space, or to use that space as a perspective from which to critique broader political processes? Is the novel interested in a specific place (i.e. the city Los Angeles, the Mexican-US border, a house in Chicago) or more interested in the idea of place (i.e. domestic space, the border, ghettos in general)?