Preserving the Story of Black Women

The preservation of the past is one of the most important aspects of remembering and honoring cultural identity. This may include uncovering artifacts, discovering cultural norms, or retelling folk stories. Remembering and honoring the past is one of the important responsibilities of an anthropologist, and more specifically, the responsibility of an ethnographer.  Zora Neale HurstonContinue reading “Preserving the Story of Black Women”

A Better Way: A Look at Ras the Exhorter/Destroyer in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

In Ralph Ellison’s novel, Invisible Man, the narrator seeks to reconcile the dying words of his grandfather with navigating his own reality and identity. His grandfather confesses that he had “been a traitor all [his] born days, a spy in the enemy’s country” (16). This is not the reality that he wants for his descendants,Continue reading “A Better Way: A Look at Ras the Exhorter/Destroyer in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man”

A Discussion of “Two-Ness” in The Souls of Black Folk by WEB Dubois

W.E.B. DuBois builds his claim about the two-ness of black men and women through his book The Souls of the Black Folk. This is not a central focus of his book until “Chapter Ten: Of the Faith of the Fathers” in which he spells out his claim that “From the double life every American NegroContinue reading “A Discussion of “Two-Ness” in The Souls of Black Folk by WEB Dubois”

History of Prejudice: A Reflection on A Red Record by Ida B. Wells

One of the most damaging lies against the black man is the suggestion that he is a monster, capable of immoral acts against women, particularly white women. From emancipation in 1865 until today, there has been a targeted attack against the reputation of black men. This attack has infiltrated the media and the consciousness ofContinue reading “History of Prejudice: A Reflection on A Red Record by Ida B. Wells”

Flannery and Music

I’ve never thought about how Flannery O’Connor’s fiction may have influenced musicians, especially in the punk and industrial music genres. I have a pretty interesting music history, starting with mostly early rock and roll like The Beatles and arena rock like Journey. My music journey includes ska, new wave, heavy metal, classic rock, reggae, deathContinue reading “Flannery and Music”

So, here we go…

Over the last two weeks, I have received two great compliments from my advisor about my thesis. First, last week he posted two exemplars of the thesis proposal, and he chose to post mine as one of the examples. I was elated that what I had written at that point should be chosen to demonstrateContinue reading “So, here we go…”

Why Flannery?

Today, my question is, “Why Flannery O’Connor?” What has intrigued readers and critics for the last sixty years? Why do people continue to talk about Flannery’s stories and novels? And my question is why is she so interesting to people who are not believers? It is clear in her personal letters, in her prayers, andContinue reading “Why Flannery?”

Tell the Truth: Word of Advice from Flannery

Just finished reading Flannery’s essay, “The Church and the Fiction Writer,” and my brain is about to explode. Her main message is that the Catholic artist needs to tell the truth, to be authentic, to pull no punches when it comes to communicating the Mystery of God. She states, “When people have told me thatContinue reading “Tell the Truth: Word of Advice from Flannery”

Serving Her Well

This last Sunday, I decided that I would let go of my fear. I am beginning work on my thesis for my Master’s degree, and I am terrified. I was thinking about topics that would be easy for me to work with: education, the view of women in Victorian fiction by male writers. However, onContinue reading “Serving Her Well”