Going Beyond the Single Story

Fadwa’s story matters because it adds more dimensions to the single-story of Islamic protest that Western media portrays. Instead of news sites showing pictures of her burning body, they showed male protesters in action. We don’t know her story because our society decided it wasn’t inspiring enough to see Islamic women standing up for their … [Read more…]

Faith in Tragedy and Political Upheaval

In Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, the author tells the story of her childhood in Iran. The author’s religious identity in Islam is important in this retelling. From the very beginning, “I was born with religion. At the age of six I was already sure I was the last prophet. This was a few years before the revolution” (6). Her … [Read more…]

Memorial Healing

  Masuji Ono has a lot of trouble reconciling himself with his memories of the war. While talking to Jiro Miyake during marriage negotiations, he is shocked by the severity of Miyake’s attitudes toward those in charge. “The world seems to have gone mad. Every day there seems to be a report of someone else … [Read more…]

The Nervous Condition of Lucia

Tension, discord, conflict—such is a nervous condition as defined by Frantz Fanon. Tsitsi Dangarembga uses the term in her book as a characterization of the situation in Zimbabwe in general, but it can also be used to explain the actions of many of her characters. One such character is Lucia, the sister of Tambu’s mother. … [Read more…]

Witches and Protest

Witches in the west are given a different connotation from African witches, but both have incited “witch hunts” that have damaged communities. Personally, when I think of a “witch” I think about The Wizard of Oz with good witches floating in bubbles and bad witches with warty, green skin. Cackling laughs accompany cauldrons of malevolent potions. … [Read more…]

Mothers and Music

  “She wailed as if she had lost her self, just as she had lost her child” (143). The story of the woman who lost her child and home resonated with me, and I wanted to find an image that could capture that sadness and urgency. The woman fleeing with her children reminds me of … [Read more…]

Karli Stockhouse

  6. Protest is not only political and economic, but also fits within a “paradigm of political bloom” (xvii). What are the three factors in this paradigm or model? In the “paradigm of political bloom,” the three factors are gender locations, social contestation, and artistic revision. Different cultural forms of protest reveal these factors as … [Read more…]