THE WRITER IN HIS/HER TIME

 I. THE WRITER AS A WITNESS

AMERICAN VOICES

 

  • A/ BLACK VOICES :

Langston Hughes : a study of Negro  and other poems / Billie Holiday (Strange Fruit)

  • B/ WHITE VOICES :

John Steinbeck and the Great Depression / F Scott Fitzgerald and the Jazz Age

 

BRITISH VOICES

 

  • A/ CHILDREN'S VOICES :

Charles Dickens and child characterization in Dickens's novels

 Oliver Twist

                           French version (pdf)

                           Polanski's vision : wikipedia / IMDb

 

  • B/ DUBLINERS' VOICES :

James Joyce

 

II. THE WRITER AS A CRITIC

  • A/ DENOUNCING TOTALITARIANISM : 

George Orwell 

  • B/ DENOUNCING THE ABSURDITY AND HORRORS OF WAR :

Dalton Trumbo

 

III. THE WRITER AS A VISIONARY

  • A/ A VISION INTO AMERICAN POLICIES & POLITICS:

Arthur Miller 's plays

  • B/ A VISION INTO OUR FUTURE :

George Orwell's and Ray Bradbury's dystopian novels

Aldous Huxley : Brave New World

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A/ BLACKS VOICES

Strange Fruit

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,

blood on the leaves and blood at the root,

black body swinging in the Southern breeze,

strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant South,

the bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,

scent of magnolia, sweet and fresh,

and the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,

for the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,

for the sun to rot, for a tree to drop,

here is a strange and bitter crop.

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the Woolworth Building referred to in the poem Negro

 

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