First, remember that there’s an assignment due on April 19th (yes, it’s a Friday). Extra time becuase it’s based on David Riker’s feature film The City/ La Ciudad that we saw in class and you’ll probably want to watch it again and take notes. That also means that there are no excuses for turning it in late. Head on over to the assignments page to download it if you haven’t already. Links are also up there for where to find copies of the film to watch again.
For Monday 4/8, we’ll continue reading Angie cruz’s novel Soledad. We’ll cover chapters 1-6 on Monday (up to page 136 in the new paperback edition).
For Wednesday 4/10, we’ll cover chapters 7-8 (up to page 180 in the new paperback edition).
In addition to the points I made to look for in last week’s post, here are a few more things to think about in terms of thinking about Soledad as an urban narrative based on the additional info in the upcoming chapters.
We briefly discussed the settings in the last class: the split between the East Village and Washington Heights and what each represents. Watch for locations as you read, how Cruz presents them, and what different urban spaces mean to key characters.
Point of view. Soledad comes from a female author and the P.O.V. the reader gets is primarily from women. What differences (if any) do you notice?
Following on the last point, one key subtext of the book are the various forms of violence against women. Think about this as you read and what it feels like for the various characters to move through urban spaces.
Culture. One point of tension in the plot is the difference between the younger and older grnerations of characters in the book and between more traditional Dominican culture and the different outlook that the younger, Americanized characters have. What are the differences between how characters see the world and their place in it?
There are, obviously, many more things, but these are a few to ideas to think about and note as we work our way through the book. We’ll finish it off (page 230) next Monday, the 15th.