merboy

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um... yes. so. i'm sorry that i'm a flake and haven't posted yet.

i'm about halfway through, and first off, i was thinking about race and people talking about race in books. like... when is the race of a person left out? if a person is white, when will they mention when other people are white? when a person is black, when will they mention when other people are black? what causes people to talk about the race of their characters? can one assume anything about the race of the writer by what they choose to say about the race of the characters?

i was also thinking, after the narrator changed for the second part, about how nonwhiteness/mystery/femininity/nature were all sort of linked in people's minds for a long time, and how it's interesting that antoinette/jamaica has them all, as opposed to white city boy rochester.

also mr. mason's accusing of antoinette imagining enmity is interesting...
Pen

Discussion Questions for Wide Sargasso Sea

Hi guys,

I know that we're going to discuss this book soon. In the back of my copy of Wide Sargasso Sea, there were some discussion questions which were SO good, that I thought that I'd post them here. I think that they'll help us to discuss this book properly.

1. As a child, Antoinette Cosway wonders why the nuns at the convent do not pray for happiness. When Antoinette and Mr. Rochester arrive at their house after their wedding and journey, they drink a toast with two tumblers of rum punch. Antoinette says, "to happiness". Why does happiness elude her? When is she happy and what happens to those moments of happiness?

2. Antoinette's childhood is heavily overcast by threat. What are the threats from outside her household? what are the threats from within? To whom and to what does she turn for protection?

3. What is the racial situation as Antoinette is growing up? What does it mean that she gets called "white" cockroach" and "white nigger"? how ell do Antoinette and her mother understand the mindset of recently liberated slaves? What about the outsiders like Mr. Mason and Mr. Rochester?

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merboy

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so... dustbath responded and we seem to have come to an agreement that the wide sargasso sea would be good for this month...

anyone really don't like that plan?

meanwhile... are we reading it by the end of the month, or extending it through november?
merboy

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the last poll narrowed things down to these 4...

october.

White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness by Ruth Frankenberg
1(50.0%)
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
0(0.0%)
America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan
1(50.0%)
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
0(0.0%)

other thoughts? (more than welcome in the comment section)



obviously, we won't be starting tomorrow. when we figure out the book, i'll find it and tell you guys about chapters and we can figure out how to divide it up?

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merboy

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finished the book!

ch. 13

this chapter is about housework and whether women should be paid to do it. mostly it works as a socialist critique of the idea, but it does bring up the sheltered ideas of white women, that if housework becomes something they get paid for, it will be more freeing, while forgetting that women of color have been drudges of the paid-housework system for a long time.

an interesting thought that's also introduced is that the black women heroes of the previous chapters are not extraordinary black women, but just women who use the strength and fortitude that they've gained from their history of slavery. which makes me wonder again about the lack of heroes now and if under harsher circumstances there would be more people strong and tired enough to stand up.
merboy

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october book?

The Social Construction of Whiteness by Ruth Frankenberg
1(33.3%)
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
1(33.3%)
Beloved by Toni Morrison
0(0.0%)
America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan
1(33.3%)
Becoming Mexican American by George Sanchez
0(0.0%)
Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua
0(0.0%)
Loving in the War Years by Cherrie Moraga
0(0.0%)
Dragon Ladies: Asian Americans Breathe Fire" edited by Sonia Shah
0(0.0%)
The Contemporary Asian American Experience by Timothy Fong
0(0.0%)
something else.
0(0.0%)

something else entirely?

and i want to read:

the whole book in the next month
0(0.0%)
a few chapters next month and then more the next month.
2(100.0%)

general suggestions