Art & Resistance 2: Black Women Subjects Free from the Gaze
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Language Arts And English Age Levels High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults
Why art & resistance with Black women as subjects in a novel study of Beloved?
- This lesson may be used as a pre-reading and/ or during reading activity for a study of Toni Morrison's Beloved.
- The second of my eight quarter (2yr) literature course begins with the reading and critical interrogation of this Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award winning masterpiece.
- Since many learners carry the misperception that our world may be characterized as post-racial, they have a grossly limited view of how perceptions from so-called dominant groups may oppress racialized groups.
- This lesson/ collection is designed to help students construct meaning around the intersection of Black women as creatives/ subjects in literature & art and the concept of the gaze (i.e. the white gaze in the literary canon).
- For students who misperceive the small degree of diversity in the authors studied in their literature classes as post-racialism, it is important to acknowledge the space between where we presently are with respect where we aspire to be as prosumers of literature and art.
- The impetus for continuing to center our literature study in resistance stems from out study of the works of Toni Morrison and her professional ethos that her "sovereignty & authority as a racialized person...be struck immediately" in her writing while "...not speak[ing] for Black people;...[but]..speak[ing] to and be[ing] among [black people]". Her determination "to make sure that the white gaze was not the dominant one in any of [her] books" is an example of the importance and power of authentic creation.
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