Curly-haired God and a Coup d'état

In the first chapters of Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi dramatically contrasts God and politics in Marji's childhood mind. Beginning with her birth into religion, Marji associates God as personable, compassionate, and safe. Although these feelings are not explicitly lost, she begins to relate more to revolutionary leaders such as Fidel Castro. The relationship between politics and God ... [Read more...]

Spiritual Nervous Conditions

One aspect of Babamakuru's nervous condition can be seen through the glimpses into his intimate belief structure of the spiritual world. His religious beliefs are a clear result of a nervous condition between his traditional Shona practices and the European church he works for and spent much time in. This can be clearly seen through ... [Read more...]

Re-Defining Women

The connotations of the world "witch" land very differently in the United States than in several other parts of the world. With a historical mindset of "enlightenment" and Manifest Destiny, the context of modern witchcraft is not well received in the US. Instead, it has become commercialized, distanced, and made into shallow humor. Although these ... [Read more...]

Memory through Melody (Jones)

  The photo above shows members of the African National Congress Women's League as they light candles and sing songs in remembrance of Mandela, honoring his death. I chose this photo as a response to the chapter because it shows not only the solidarity of collective action for a common memory-focus, but also supports the ... [Read more...]

Kiah Jones: 6&7

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? Protests show aspects of political bloom that are not simply political or economic but also shed light on gender locations, social contestation, and artistic revision. This modern ... [Read more...]