Sacred Subjects and Subjective Importance

Fadwah was a woman on fire (literally), and her form of protest took off as a symbol of national protest, but not in Western Media. Fadwah Laroui was denied housing by the government because she was an unwed mother in a country where "unmarried mothers are condemned as prostitutes" (201). She set herself on fire ... [Read more...]


What better way to show a nervous condition than a physical split drawn in the binary of black and white? On the one side we see bright tools against the darkness, and she is bright too. On the other we see a light, gently scripted world--the peace of having faith in a higher power rather ... [Read more...]

A Portrait, medium: memory

Scarlet, by Hideaki Kawashima, a modern Japanese artist Ono, we learn through various flashbacks and conversations, was a prominent contributor of art for Japanese war campaign posters, but this is not the only part of his identity he recalls; in fact, it is recalled so incompletely and in such a scattered pattern that we come to ... [Read more...]

The Conflux

Every character is subject to a nervous condition, and Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions was riddled with such, boasting an altogether too appropriate title. You see, it is the very nature of a character to face this struggle, a tension between opposing expectations, desires, or taboos. Everyone is subject to their culture, but in the confluence of ... [Read more...]

Witch Gender?

In my opinion Monty Python almost exactly captures the Western conception of a witch and how she should appear. Along with my image I am including a segment of the accompanying dialogue as the mob presents their captive (woman, second to the left, in an obviously fake nose). Peasant 1: We have found a witch, ... [Read more...]

Song's Role in Healing (Pruis)

Song transforms a painfully silent session into a powerful expression of self within the community. Much as placing the story of torture within the context of the rest of a life, song places a theme within a purpose, people back within themselves, and those people in their larger group. Songs were used to comfort, literally ... [Read more...]

Questions 6 & 10

Q6: Often the paradigm of political bloom is limited to just that, politics, and only those the media presents. To counter that construction, Segall offers her own three correctives: social contestation, artistic revision, and gender location. All these are important indicators of political shifts in their forms of protest, which can be overlooked by the ... [Read more...]