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September 18, 2007 The Wind Done Gone , Alice Randall Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl , Harriet Jacobs I. Egalia’s Daughters – satire of the sexes; a social/cultureal critique; makes gender visible: “As long as one sex held power over the other, they would never be able to find out what differences…” (p. 209) II. The Wind Done Gone – parody; as a “what if?” story, process of “shifting the center” (AHC, p. 11-12)… Ex: the character called Other (Scarlet O’Hara) – WHY? III. What do Harriet Jacobs’ chapters on “Trials of Girlhood” and “Jealous Mistress” make visible? a. No bonding between black and white women; both are victimized
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Unformatted text preview: b. Beauty is a liability for slave women c. Secrecy as crucial d. Planters often own their own children IV. The Wind Done Gone a. What does it make visible? i. “It’s all too mixed up.” (p. 44) 1. Black and white babies are playmates/sisters (shared blood) 2. Black babies conceived to prduce wet nurses (milk shared) 3. WHAT lies between Cynara and Other? a. Lady to Cynara: “You’re my little girl, aren’t you?” (p. 16) b. Planter to Cynara via Precious (Other’s daughter) p. 17 c. “When it comes right down to it, I am Lady’s child and she is Mammy’s.” (p. 47)...
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