- I gave out hard copies of the last written assignment of the semester. Download yours from the assignments page if you missed class. It’s due Tuesday May 7.
- Of course, next week’s spring break. See you all in 2 weeks.
- Don’t forget that we have pop quizzes! Make sure to keep up with the reading!
For Tuesday April 30 read the first 79 pages (chapters 1-4) of Assata: An Autobiography. Be sure to read the foreward by Angela Davis and Lennox Hinds. Also make sure to pay attention to the various poems she includes in the story on pages 1,17,44, and 62.
Questions to think about:
- How effective is her style of storytelling? Does the non-linear narrative with flashbacks make the book more engaging?
- How does Assata go about re-telling history?
- What role do poems play in an autobiography? What do they tell you about Assata or the other people that the regular story does not?
What physical spaces and places does Assata describe in the story? What is the significance of them?
We are not primarily concerned with figuring out guilt innocence here (and in any case don’t have all the court documents to review): the goal is to read her story as we would any other autobiography and focus on how the story develops and how she develops into the person she is today. Look for clues of these things in the story.
Extra: Listen to “A Song for Assata” by Common, from his 2000 Like Water for Chocolate release, featuring CeeLo Green.
For Thursday May 2, read pages 80-147 (Chapters 5-9) in Assata Shakur’s Autobiography. Again, make sure to pay attention to the various poems she includes in the story on page 130 (“Love”). Think also about the themes that you should now be able to identify that we’ve been working on all semester. Note specific places in the book where they appear and mark examples of them in your text.
Presentation by Diamond, Cariely, Tony, and Yvane
- There’s a Dominican Writers Conference at our sister school, The City College of New York in Harlem on Saturday May 4. Angie Cruz will be there on one of the panels, though isn’t scheduled to speak about Soledad. You can probably ask her questions before/after her talk, though. Conference details here.