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Olaudah Equiano: Facts About His People And Place Of Birth, Friday Onyeoziri Sep 2008

Olaudah Equiano: Facts About His People And Place Of Birth, Friday Onyeoziri

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Olaudah Equiano, an African-American born in 1745 in Essaka, a town in modern eastern Nigeria, is reputed as the first African-born former slave to write his autobiography without the help or direction of white writers of his time like his predecessors. His work is recognized "not only as one of the first works written in English by a former slave, but perhaps more important as the paradigm of the slave narrative, a new literary genre" (Olaudah). Equiano's Narratives lately became the focus of some controversies by his critics who question the authenticity of his claims, which they see as ...


“I Arrived Late To This Book”: Teaching Sociology With Julie Dash’S Daughters Of The Dust, The ‘Novel’, Karen M. Gagne Mar 2008

“I Arrived Late To This Book”: Teaching Sociology With Julie Dash’S Daughters Of The Dust, The ‘Novel’, Karen M. Gagne

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Cultural productions like Julie Dash's trilogy Daughters of the Dust need to play a more central role in the teaching of anti-colonial sociology. Representing the human condition and rethinking the purpose of doing sociological research, these works offer an important corrective to Western social science and historiography. As non-linear Diasporic texts, they require that author and reader alike actively engage in their culture, learn its symbols and participate in the struggle for human freedom. Investigating the linked past, present and future of all Africans, including their persistent resistance and revolt against the more than 500 years of enslavement and ...


The Use Of Spike Lee’S Bamboozled To Promote Difficult Dialogues On Race, Stephen E. Slaner, Sandra Clyne Jan 2008

The Use Of Spike Lee’S Bamboozled To Promote Difficult Dialogues On Race, Stephen E. Slaner, Sandra Clyne

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

This paper will explore pedagogical strategies for using Spike Lee's cinematic coup Bamboozled to stimulate thoughtful discourse about race in the college classroom. The combined use of film excerpts, writing exercises and classroom discussion can help students to deconstruct racial stereotyping in the media. The students are asked initially not to converse about their emotional reactions to excerpts from the film, but to write about these responses for a brief ten to fifteen minute period. Having loosened up the flow of ideas through freewriting, the students are now ready to engage in a classroom discussion of the film clip ...