Last Modified: 2011-07-17
· –Anthropological approach to African American culture
· –Folktales & vernacular speech
· Racial equality and advancement for African-Americans
· Psychological insight into characters
· Mixed race characters’ moral dilemmas
· Need for whites’ “awakened conscience” about blacks’ equality ; then for whites to change laws
· 1910 this story illustrates the role of the family by depicting what happens when a person does not have one. Victor Grabert, the protagonist, is a black man whose family is represented only by his grandmother. Passing for white in New Orleans , he cannot embrace even that lone family connection.
· Written in 1988
· About Antigua’s British colonization
· Women’s identity & relationships
· Equal social, political, & economic rts. for women and men
· Stream of consciousness
· More of a poem than a story- imagery, symbols
· Search for truthà modernism
· TRUTH: repeated words, what it seems to indicate
o Modernist realization that there is no Truth in the world
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