Reminder: The next writing assignment, due Tuesday 11/20, 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.
On Tuesday November 13th, we continue with Soledad. Read chapters 4-5: up to page 111 in the new paperback edition.
Presentation by Gabby and Petrice
For Thursday November 15th, read pages 112-164 (Chapters 6-7) of Soledad. Continue tracking the themes we’ve identified and how characters develop in the book.
- 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?