Saturday, February 8, 2014
2:42 PM Stories: a core demand?
Children constantly ask to be read stories
The need for narrative may not be as core as.
The concept of minority has been central to the very founding of American life and government
Metaphors of minorities
Invisibility : lock of recognition
Notion of otherness: radical difference
WEB Dubois, the souls of Black Folk (1903)
Historian and writer
First African American to receive PhD from Harvard
Two primary ideas
:The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line."
"It is peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in
Two voices of contemporary double consciousness
Two different life narrative: Jay Z up from poverty, west on the anxieties of middle class black
Similar conflict, reconciling racial otherness with wealth aspiration marked by whiteness
"Watch the throne: (2011)
A love letter to affluence
A negotiation between the history/experience of blackness and arrival into American dream. Poverty and wealth
In the century passed since DuBois wrote about Double Consciousness, minority writer and artiest have engaged with the ideas in different ways. Mainly by rethinking doubleness. Not as two different, distinct selves, but rather as a combination, on overlapping a hybrid conversation
Metaphors of minority
What is literature? Like minority, literature is another word with multiple meanings.
Every indication is as a society, we read fewer and fewer book. We play more video games, we see more movies, we are too distracted.
In some ways, a class like this is to remind you why fiction novels and short stories are worthy