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Walt Whitman’s and Langston Hughes’ America

Walt Whitman Walt Whitman is one of the first true American poets. In the preface to his most well-known and influential work, Leaves of Grass (1855) , Whitman has this to say about the poet’s relationship to his/her country:”The proof … Continue reading

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” (Part Two)

I want to continue discussing Gilman’s “TYW.” This is such a rich and complex piece of literature that it is impossible to cover every aspect of the story I would like to. (We could spend weeks just on this one … Continue reading

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Charlotte Perkin Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” (Part One)

I first taught “The Yellow Wallpaper” back in 2009 as part of a literature course on isolation. Since then, Gilman’s short story about her narrator’s descent into madness has been one of my favorite pieces of literature to read with … Continue reading

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Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”

I want to continue our course with another deceptively subtle short story, Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour.” (Chopin is pronounced “SHOW-pan.”) Chopin was originally from St. Louis, MO, born either in 1850 or 1851. Rather than go into … Continue reading

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SlutWalks and The Rape of Lucrece

I want to focus this post on the topic of blame-the-victim mentality when it comes to sexual violence perpetrated on women. When I was at Lehigh, I took a class on women’s health.  I remember when the crisis of domestic … Continue reading

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