1.Read the following five selected stories from Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild and Other Stories: “Bloodchild”, “The Evening and the Morning and the Night”, “Speech Sounds”, “Amnesty”, and “The Book of Martha”.2. Read Sojourner Truth’s speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?” (upload file)3. Read Kimberley Crenshaw’s social analysis, “Mapping the Margins.” (upload file) Paper should be 4 pages each + a list of cited works. You not only to make sure that you are not just doing a summary but also you have to come up with a topic and a research question that you are exploring throughout your paper and analyze with your original thoughts. You can think of this 4-page paper as a very short practice for thinking deeply rather than broadly. Just dig in your question directly without too much rhetorical narrative. Be specific and logical. For the citation page, you just have to write down the movie or text you’re dealing with. It’s not required to find external resources, but feel free to do so if you like. You can bring in the books, articles, short videos, movies, tv series that you watched or read before into conversation, but make sure that the materials from our course are the core of your analysis. Anything you bring in should make sense in relating to or supporting your analysis of the class materials.Response papers are the short written responses on the literary and cinematic materials. Students may choose one or several from the indicated materials and engage with it/them deeply. They can also engage with the films and literature from the former weeks. The response should include a paper title, a clear research question, logical and well-structured analyses, examples from the indicated materials or daily life, and a list of cited worksThe response should include a paper title, a clear research question, logical and well-structured analyses, examples from the indicated materials or daily life, and a citation page. The format should be in MLA format, double-spaced; the font should be Times New Roman, 12 points.


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Speech Entitled “Ain’t I a Woman?”
Sojourner Truth
Delivered at the 1851 Women’s Convention in Akron,
Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something
out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the Negroes of the South and the women
at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty
soon. But what’s all this here talking about?
That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages,
and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody
ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best
place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have
ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head
me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a
man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a
woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to
slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus
heard me! And ain’t I a woman?
Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it?
[member of audience whispers, “intellect”] That’s it, honey. What’s that
got to do with women’s rights or Negroes’ rights? If my cup won’t hold
but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me
have my little half measure full?
Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much
rights as men, ‘cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ
Sojourner Truth “Ain’t I Woman?”, Speech Delivered at Ohio Women’s Rights Convention, May 1851
come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a
woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world
upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it
back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it. The
men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing
more to say.
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