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Literary courses at Spelman College ask us students to "acquire skills in the critical reading and analysis of diverse forms of literature from fiction and drama to poetry, autobiography and historical texts." This blog will furnish you with thoughts concerning various readings assigned by Dr. Sherman in the First Year Composition class SENG 103-09 at Spelman College. Engage in active learning...

Review of “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s, The Bluest Eye opens with a small narrative from the children’s book, Dick and Jane. The story as we know it makes us assume that Dick and Jane are happy, but Morrison highlights the unhappiness in this “perfect” … Continue reading

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Review of “The Last Taboo”

Even though Anita Hill had not been the only black person to testify against Clarence Thomas, the temperament of the situation forces a mandate on gender.  The fact that she reported a sexual discourse was the biggest issue, considering the … Continue reading

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Review of “The Social Construction of Black Feminist Thought

In studying the consciousness of the oppressed groups, black women challenge two approaches: This approach claims that “subordinate groups identify with the powerful and have no valid independent interpretation of their own oppression.” (Collins, 338) This approach assumes that “the … Continue reading

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Review of “Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference” by Audre Lorde

We are conditioned to view the world in juxtaposition: dominant/subordinate, good/bad and superior/inferior.  We tend to view the world in terms of binaries or hierarchical terms.  Society defines dominance and superiority in terms of profit.  In order to be on … Continue reading

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Review of “Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance” by Cheryl Clarke

This article written by Cheryl Clarke, is the first article I have read thus far speaking out against lesbianism.  As she is a very fervent speaker on the topic, her tone appears to be very angry and zealous.  Like many … Continue reading

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Review of An Argument For Black Women’s Liberation As A Revolutionary Force by Mary Ann Weathers

Speaking on women’s liberation, Mary Ann Weathers concentrates on reclaiming the African heritage and rightfully having a place in the world.  She willingly and enthusiastically supports the black liberation movement hoping that it will be positively receptive to all oppressed … Continue reading

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Review of “The Struggle of Negro Women For Sex and Race Emancipation” by Elise Johnson McDougald

Elise Johnson McDougald distinguishes the many roles played by women and focuses on concerns of racial equality. McDougald is not fully challenging the stereotypes generally associated with black women in society.  In fact, she is somewhat enforcing it, saying that … Continue reading

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