Reminder: The next writing assignment, due Thursday 4/18, is on the Assignments page. You can stream the film from the Video page on the course website. Usual password. Be sure to stop by the Lehman library now if you’re having trouble finding acceptable articles to use. Note that the NY Public Library uses the same databases and any location can help you also. Finally, don’t forget that if you need writing assistance fropm the ACE Center, make an appointment now so you have enough time. Remember that hard copies (only) are due. Make sure you have plans to hand the paper in before the break.
- We’ve discussed the settings in 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. Another point of tension in the plot is the difference between the younger and older generations of characters 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?
For Thursday April 18th, Finish Soledad: pp 165-227 (Chapters 8-11). Turn in Do the Right Thing Paper.
- Think about what changes we see in Soledad’s relationship with her family–especially her mother. Has it changed and how? Highlight/underline key passages in the book that show this and mark the page numbers in your notebook
- Think about how Soledad feels about Washington Heights, her culture, and the Dominican Republic at the end of the book. Has that changed and how? Again, marks key passages
- Read the last few pages of the conclusion slowly and carefully. What happens?
Presentation by Marlyn, Lara, Stephanie R, and Meosha
- 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.