I’m enjoying reading the midterms. Thank you for working on this collaborative project. It’s an experiment, and I hope you enjoyed working together.
We will take a break from keywords this week. What I would like you to do is to comment on this post by noon Wednesday on one (or more) of the following questions:
1)How does The Woman of Colour‘s use of epistolary and first person bildungsroman narrative differ or resemble the other two novels?
2) Think about the concepts of focalization and interprellation on the handout from Week 7. How do these devices fit into what you see as the didactic goals of this novel?
3) Think about other classes and moments where you’ve encountered questions of the colonial and postcolonial (Homi Bhabha, perhaps). To what extent do you see this book fitting into those questions of race, class, nation, power?
4) What spaces (you can define this term as you will, just define it) are open to women (fictional or not) to either resist or reform society? Tie this to the reading this week, but feel free to make connections. Especially if you are going outside of the 18th-century, include other identity categories beyond sex (sexuality, race, class, etc).
Week 9: Tweaking Domestic Fiction
Anon’s The Woman of Colour: Title Page (Broadview 51) to the end of Volume I (Broadview 127)
Meet in LOVE203
Comment on the blog before class.
The Woman of Colour: Volume II (Broadview 128) to end (Broadview 189)
We will meet with Prof. Roy’s course on International Women Writers. They will be reading Purple Hibiscus. We will discuss the the following topics within the context of each course’s reading for that day:
epistolary/ first person bildungsroman narrative (See Lazzaro-Weis article)
ideology: how it is made visible, shaping subjectivity (See focalization and interpellation handout)
colonial/postcolonial questions about race, nationality, gender/state (see Habermas and Bhabha articles)
Bring the texts mentioned in parenthesis to class, too.