For this week’s Dream English Course, I picked several reads to explore women of color writing in America. I wanted the books to capture different types of women and ideas, but they all somehow involve cultural struggles and conflicts. So without further ado…
Women and Race in America
Unit I: What is blackness? (6 weeks)
Questions: How does each author interact with and represent blackness? How do their viewpoints differ, and what is the same? How do they present bodies and femininity?
Unit II: Growing Up Latina (6 weeks)
Questions: What types of integration to American culture do the authors relate? How do they represent childhood? What does it mean to grow up? How does each author deal with being different? Which parts of their cultures do they maintain, and what do they lose?
Unit III: Forgotten Asian America (6 weeks)
Questions: How do the authors use point of view to tell their stories? How do their experiences compare to the Latin American experiences? How do the cultural struggles compare to the political struggles? How do the texts reflect the authors’ backgrounds?
Overall: How does race affect femininity in America? How do the authors deal with difference? Which themes cross the different units, and which are unique? What changes between girlhood and womanhood?