Biracial and silenced: The Cultural Influences of Natasha Trethewey’s Childhood within her Poetry Natasha Trethewey, undoubtedly one of the most well-known southern modern contemporary poets often expresses her feelings of poetry, stating, “I think there is a poem out there for everyone, to be an entrance into the poetry and a relationship with it” (LeGro). Trethewey began writing as a child, and uses poetry to convey an untold story from her culture. Trethewey was born on April 26, 1966 in Gulfport, Mississippi. Her parents, Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough and Eric Trethewey, were both prestigious workers in the community as a biracial couple. Trethewey’s childhood during the twentieth century was unlike any childhood during the twenty-first century.
She was nominated for an Academy award for best supporting actress, making her the first African American woman to receive the honor. Carmen also reveals that Vera was signed into a multi-year contract but because of her skin color the only roles available for her were maids. Again The Belle of New Orleans was seen as the big break for many black
She explains the social lives and customs through her personal experiences making her work autobiographical through nature. Some of Hurston’s most famous pieces are her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God and one of her short stories “Dust Tracks on a Road.” Hurston was born in Notasulga, Alabama in 1891 to a carpenter and Baptist preacher, and a former school teacher. Her
Written works about American Identity are a very common theme amongst writers, including poet Dwight Okita and short-story writer Sandra Cisneros. Dwight Okita is famous for her poem “In Response to Order 9066: All Americans of Japanese Descent Must Report to Relocation Centers,” in which the theme of American identity is portrayed through a 14-year-old girl. In a similar way, Sandra Cisneros’s short story is told by a young girl of Mexican heritage who prefers American culture—in sharp contrast to her deep-rooted Mexican grandmother. Although the overall theme of the two texts is “American Identity,” both Okita's poem and Cisneros's short story delve deeper and portray that cultural heritage and physical appearances do not determine what it
Her body of work contains a number of novels, poetry collections, and short stories that have won numerous awards. In 1986, she received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for her poetry collection Seeing Through the Sun. In 1989, her short story “Aunt Moon’s Young Man” was featured in Best American Short Stories, and a year later her novel Mean Spirit was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Since then she has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for another poetry collection, The Book of Medicines, and in 1998 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. She has also been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, a Guggenheim Grant in Fiction, and the Lannan Award for Outstanding Achievement in
A Long Journey Eudora Alice Welty was an American short story writer and novelist who wrote about the American South. Welty was born on April 19, 1909 in Jackson, Mississippi and wrote the shorty story “A Worn Path” in 1941. Welty was awarded the presidential medal of freedom among numerous awards including the Order of The South. Eudora Welty passed away on July 23, 2001 in Jackson, MS at the age of 92, Welty lived a great life. In the story “A Worn Path,” by Eudora Welty, Phoenix Jackson’s characterization, symbolism/imagery, and conflict are shown while she is on a journey to get some medicine for her grandson.
In here speech, she discussed the inequalities in nursing education and called for the New England Hospital to admit more African American students. Conference members responded to this by selecting Mahoney to be chaplain of the association she was also extended a lifetime membership (pbs.org). She was concerned with the equality of women and supported the right for women to vote. When the Nineteenth Amendment in the year 1920, she was one of the first women to register to vote in Boston when she was 76 years old. Mahoney was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1923 and died in 1926 (pbs.org).
The white savior complex is a trope that occurs in film when a white character (or characters) will rescue non-white characters from situations that harm them and their community. The white savior trope can be seen in films from decades ago and films from just a few years back. An example of such would be the 2011 film The Help directed by Tate Taylor. It stars Emma Stone as Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, a young white woman who strives to write and publish a book filled with the experiences and stories of the African American maids of white women during the civil rights era in Jackson, Mississippi. After viewing The Help, it becomes clear that the auteur had the intention of making a film about different races and cultures working together to overcome the adversities of racism and segregation.
Kate Chopin was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in the year 1851. Chopin was greatly influenced by her Franco-American household, as evidenced in her works, which all took place in the very Cajun setting of New Orleans, Louisiana. She began writing stories for magazines in order to support herself and her six children after her husband died in 1883. These stories Her first collection of stories, Bayou Folk, was well-received, and helped her gain national fame as a writer. However, starting with her second collection of stories, A Night in Acadie, Chopin wrote about more controversial topics of the time, such as divorce, and she created more unconventional heroines who defied the morals of that time.
In one of Octavia Butler’s most well known books, Dana a struggling black author is yanked back in time to the antebellum south multiple times to save the life of her white slave-owning ancestor Rufus Weylin. When literary critics examined this piece of science fiction, many were motivated to write papers on a myriad of subjects in the book’s less than 300 pages. Scholarship on Octavia Butler’s Kindred has evolved from primarily focusing on how the novel connects its readers to the past to addressing more modern concerns of how African American culture and people are represented and viewed, as well as third wave feminism. One of the earliest scholarly articles on Octavia Butler’s Kindred is Lisa Long discussing how unknowable history is for