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ERIC Number: ED425473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-30
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Ain't I a Woman: Affirming the Place of the African Woman in America.
Harris-Benn, Charlotte
A reading and writing instructor of a population of students who are largely "marginalized" (of African descent, female, and/or poor) sees the literature of Toni Morrison as a relevant and critical teaching tool. Additionally, the instructor believes it is important to look critically at Morrison's literature for several reasons: (1) Morrison raises the political consciousness of students in order to enable them to actuate against this oppression and to empower them to transform the social structure that is oppressing them; (2) she writes to "bear witness" (to confirm or reinforce the truth) to the material conditions of the black woman in America and her responsibility for bringing their community together; and (3) she emphasizes the black female experience and provides a prototype for the way they should live their lives. One way for the instructor to determine whether the students have internalized this African concept of "humanism" and/or "cultural feminism" is to ask them to write about male-female relationships with which they are involved and/or observe. Also, after reading Morrison's works, students and teacher analyze and make comparisons between male-female relationships. The instructor's objectives are to have students come to realize the importance of their responsibility to each other, their families, and their communities, and to celebrate black women's accomplishments and to reach out to others in the community. (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A