In Dirlek's attempt to pinpoint the era of postcolonialism in his essay "The Postcolonial Aura", he suggests three definitions: "literal description of conditions in formerly colonial societies [...] "global condition after the period of colonialism" and lastly, "a discourse on the above-named conditions" (563-64). Over the last weeks, we have focused on the last, learning … Continue reading Jam Tomorrow
If this were a film blog, I'd love to talk about the sound design in Persepolis. The ominous sounds of the tanks as they moved in, the wheels of the bicycle as the children chased after it, the frantic footsteps as the young men were chased across the roof; if you weren't wearing headphones while … Continue reading It’s not about the head scarf, it’s about who decides the head scarf must be worn.
Note: I apologize to my classmates for missing last week's discussion. My time management skills apparently had not yet returned from break. I have since forcibly extracted them from the void and, battered as they are, am working diligently to get them ship-shape. Considering the time-stamp on this post, they are still a little...disgruntled. Language is like … Continue reading None are named “All of You”
Your listening for this post: When I read Dr. Clemens' post about this week's reading, I was worried that "the most depressing book they have read" consensus of Nawal El Saadawi's Woman at Point Zero would unduly influence me. It prepared me, in some ways, to build up a wall against what I might find. Thankfully, Saadawi's … Continue reading “Because he’s naked and ashamed”
Another post, another disclaimer. I am an atheist and have been all my life. I come away from this week’s readings troubled with how I can explain my distrust of indoctrinating children into religion without being disrespectful of an adult’s choice in their personal faith. In many ways Gyasi’s “Inscape” spoke to me, trying to … Continue reading Not All Women