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Citizen: An American Lyric | Study Guide

Claudia Rankine

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Citizen: An American Lyric | Chapter Summaries


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Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 Using the second person, the speaker sets up a scene where she feels too tired to sleep and begins wandering back throug... Read More
Chapter 2 Rankine introduces the YouTube video series called "Art Thoughtz," created by Hennessy Youngman, including a screenshot ... Read More
Chapter 3 Chapter 3 primarily focuses on the use and effect of language. Specifically, Rankine continues to address the experience... Read More
Chapter 4 The speaker describes what she does to make it through each day. Sometimes she "moan[s] like deer," and often she finds ... Read More
Chapter 5 The introductory phrase to this chapter, "Words work as release," establishes the chapter's focus on poetry and the powe... Read More
Chapter 6 Each of the passages in this chapter is part of a series of "situation videos" made by Rankine and her husband, John Luc... Read More
Chapter 7 There are multiple distinct sections in the final chapter of Claudia Rankine's Citizen. The first passage is a nonnarrat... Read More
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