Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Week Eight

Tuesday Meeting
Iron Mask and Collar for Punishing Slaves, Brazil, 1817-1818
Source: Jacques Arago, Souvenirs d'un aveugle. Voyage autour du monde... par M. J. Arago (Paris, 1839-40), 
vol. 1, facing p. 119.
From The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas
by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite
Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library.
"Did you speak to him? Didn't you say anything to him? Something!" [said Sethe.]
"I couldn't, Sethe. I just... couldn't" [said Paul D.]
"I had a bit in my mouth."
   --From Toni Morrison, Beloved (84). 
This image is one of the many representations of a series of masks, bridles, and mouth bits created to silence women and slaves. For more, see the blog U.S. Slave HERE (Warning: nasty images). To see how the tradition continues, if much abated, HERE. (Thanks to HiccupsS for the link!) 

One of the many reasons why Butler's and especially Morrison's storytelling is important, therefore, is that they reclaim the power of language and representation for those who have been denied such a voice. Thus, Kindred touches on many "unspoken" issues that define present American culture. What follows is a list of a few of them.

1. Critical Thinking and Discussion: Major Themes in Kindred HERE
2. Writing the Introduction for an essay on Kindred
  • Instructions for Essay 3 HERE (notice I have added a question)
Buckner Topsy Turvy 1901 doll.  Image and historical context below from Black Legacy Images.
Oral history of the doll: A slave mother designed this type of doll for her children because slave children were not allowed to play with white dolls. When white people were present slave children always had to play with the black doll. The black doll was the only legal doll black children could play with in America during slave times.

Online Work for Week Eight
  1. *By Tuesday, May 23 at 10PM. Write the first draft of Essay 3 and post it in your one document in Google Groups. I will read and give feedback only to those drafts submitted on time. 
  2. Complete the Quiz on Literary Terms III on Blackboard based on THIS PRESENTATION