Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Paul Fry, professor of English at Yale University, lectures on Deconstruction

If you've got 50 minutes to spare, Paul Fry offers a whole series of lectures on YouTube covering the history of literary theory. Here's his lecture on Deconstruction:


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong, "The Blues are Brewin'"

Notice that the performers are entirely black and the audience is entirely white. This was the norm back at this time.

Billie Holiday singing "Strange Fruit"

Thursday, April 8, 2010

NPR piece about Passing, presented by Heidi Durrow

Hi folks,
Yesterday on National Public Radio, Heidi Durrow, one of the Mixed Chicks we watched on YouTube and author of The Girl Who Fell from The Sky, presented an essay on Nella Larsen's Passing. Extra credit (5 HW points) for anyone who reads or listens to her essay and writes a short reflection (50 words or so) on what, for Durrow, is the most important message in Passing.

Here's the link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125574331
Heidi Durrow (whose mother was Danish...Nella Larsen also has a familial connection to Denmark, which she writes about in her semi-autobiographical novel, Quicksand)