Category Archives: Uncategorized

The Folktales

Story Title Book Classification Within Book John & The Devil’s Daughter The People Could Fly The Peculiar Such Thing The People Could Fly Little Eight John The People Could Fly Jack and the Devil The People Could Fly Better Wait … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Work-In-Progress Blog

Blog #1 — Haunting & Cultural Memory Preparing for the April 6th “Mini-Festival,” I began to do readings into the history of African-American folklore, its cultural and personal, and, specifically, its relationship to ghosts. Although my initial question was “what does … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Reflections on Material Motion in Moby-Dick and Beyond

Introduction or: personal thoughts on how my project changed over time The goal of my project was to envision and capture the concept of “material motion” in Moby-Dick. In the quiet space of the library, surrounded by shelves of books … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kenyon’s Reflection

Summary In setting out to bring the words of both Walt Whitman and Walter Mosley to life, I did not realize the extent to which I was taking on what has proved to be a thoroughly challenging and fulfilling work. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Laurence’s Reflection

Laurence Bashford Performing American Literature Prof. Wai Chee Dimock Final Project & Reflection Spring 2017 Selected Poems of Langston Hughes: An Interactive Edition “So Long!” to “Hold On!”: Whitmanian Dreaming & African American Imaginaries Live project platform available at: http://philome.la/thelaurenceb/l-hughes-selected-poems–whitmanian-dreaming/ “It is my hope … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mikayla’s Reflection

The True Story of Uncle Tom By Mikayla Harris One day, Julia went on a walk with her Grandmom. It was a nice, sunny day and it was perfect for a walk in the woods. After they had walked for … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ethel Waters and Topsy: Say WHAT?

I spent some time researching artists that arose from Topsy’s influence on black entertainment. I was struck by the similarities between the upbringing of Ethel Waters and Topsy. In her autobiography, Ms. Waters talks about growing up, saying, “I never … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

But What of Her Body

Topsy has had quite the afterlife. Beyond the page, she was consumed on a mass scale by white audiences, performed by both white (in blackface) and black artists such as Ida Forsyne, and is credited with inspiring black artistry especially … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Duncan Sisters as Topsy

The Duncan Sisters as Topsy&Eva Check out this 1925 movie reel of Topsy and Eva played by the Duncan Sisters Prior to the movie, Uncle Tom’s Cabin was adopted into a musical titled, Topsy and Eva, one sister playing Eva … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mikayla’s Proposal

For my final project, I would like to write a children’s book based on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. My intended audience for the book is black children as I believe children’s book authors have historically written for a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment