Some Breadcrumbs!

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Over the course of the semester, we’ve read a variety of authors and forms in different constellations. Here are some final breadcrumbs to other fun forms & works by authors in our course. If you’d like further readings or ideas about any of the material we’ve discussed, don’t hesitate to be in contact.

  • Roland Barthes, “J’aime, je n’aime pas” (translation) from Roland Barthes par Roland Barthes
  • Margaret Fuller, this 2013 New Yorker article, “An Unfinished Woman,” about her life and legacy
  • T.S. Eliot, this 2011 New Yorker article, “Practical Cat,” and his poem, “The Naming of Cats” from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
  • W.E.B. DuBois, this website dedicated to his work contains a number of essays, including “Criteria of Negro Art,” which we read earlier in the semester
  • Anne Sexton, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” & “Cinderella” from Transformations; “Her Kind” (audio); a typewritten postcard
  • Maxine Kumin, this 2014 obituary in the New Yorker
  • Barbara Smith, “A Press of Our Own Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press,” (KTP was the second publisher of This Bridge), quotation:
    “An early slogan of the women in print movement was ‘freedom of the press belongs to those who own the press.’ This is even truer for multiply disenfranchised women of color who have minimal access to power, including the power of media, except that which we wrest from an unwilling system. On the most basic level, Kitchen Table Press began because of our need for autonomy, our need to determine independently both the content and conditions of our work, and to control the words and images that are produced about us” (11).

Writers & their archives
If you’re interested in doing even further research or reading of these authors and movements, a number of them have archival materials in New York City, including at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which is internationally renown. Others, like Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga, have large collections in other cities. Still others have impressive digital collections, often created by the academic institutions that hold their archives. Below, I list those with NYC and digital connections.

My Zine

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DON’T SUGAR COAT IT.

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This zine delves into the role of the minority identity in writing. We aim to expose the oppressive tendencies of our literary history and revel in the growing presence of the minority in today’s literature.