The Sound of Black Life in America: Domestic Spaces and Identity in Gwendolyn Brooks’ Maud Martha

Callahan Crawford, Chloe Gandy, Megan Howarth and Kate Wilson of ENGL 471 discuss Gwendolyn Brooks’ novel, Maud Martha and tease out themes from the book found in music. The Sound of Black Life in America: Domestic Spaces and Identity in Gwendolyn Brooks’ Maud Martha “What, what, am I to do with all this life?” -Gwendolyn […]

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Varied Religious Experiences in Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain

Katie Foss, Sarah O’Brien and Charlotte Parker of ENGL 471 at Queen’s University discuss James Baldwin’s novel Go Tell It on the Mountain while illustrating songs that underscore the book’s major themes. The title of the image is “James Baldwin 2 Alan Warren” and the creator is Alan Warren. The source of the image is […]

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Racism and Invisibility in Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man

Michael Zhang, Daniel Eum and  Matt Kehow of ENGL 471 at Queen’s University discuss the Ralph Ellison novel, The Invisible Man in this podcast. Image selected by the group is credited to It is by J. Kingston and is from https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/afamlit/?p=1205. Introduction: (Michael) Ralph Ellison, one of the most prominent black writers of the 20th […]

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ANN PETRY- THE STREET: THE FACADES OF THE AMERICAN DREAM

Meena Kirupakaran, Mackenzie Kaleta, Hannah Michaelis, Haley Bentham and Sreya Roy of ENGL 471 at Queen’s University discusses Ann Petry’s novel, The Street in addition to songs that complement and augment the core themes in the book. ANN PETRY- THE STREET: THE FACADES OF THE AMERICAN DREAM ALMOST THERE- PRINCESS AND THE FROG (INTRO SONG) […]

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“His Fear Thrust Firmly Down in Him” : Bigger and the Black Belt in Richard Wright’s Native Son

This podcast examines the complex life and inner monologue of Bigger Thomas in Richard Right’s 1940 novel, Native Son. This podcast uses a playlist as a vehicle through which it will circumnavigate the racially-driven marginalization that confines Bigger and the Thomas family to Chicago’s Black Belt in the 1930’s.  Contributors to this episode are Maya […]

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The Quiet Resilience of Maud Martha

As part of an English Seminar on African American Sound and Literature, a group of students dives into the world of Maud Martha, a short novel by the African American poet, Gwendolyn Brooks. Through a series of songs like “New York State of Mind,” and short discussions, this podcast navigates through moments of suppression and […]

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Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man and the Call for Activism

In this podcast we look at how the contemporary and/or traditional music selections in our playlist help develop a collective understanding of Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man as a call for activism. Our podcast discusses key themes like segregation and solidarity, invisibility as empowerment, and a focus on sound that joins our music selections with […]

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Go Tell It on the Mountain: Exploring the Work of James Baldwin

This episode analyzes character development in James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain and focuses on the development of certain characters – Gabriel, Elizabeth, and Florence – and their development in relation to religion. What is discovered is that each character in this novel is continuously challenged as they learn to interpret the inner […]

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Cyclicality and Ann Petry’s The Street

In this episode, we score the motif of cyclicality in Ann Petry’s 1946 novel The Street. Drawing on a wide range of musical genres and periods of production, we trace the way that the structural inequalities Petry highlights in The Street persist to the present day. Contributors: Becky Bando, Kobe Holas, Paige Kedrosky, Clayton Tomlinson, and Anthea […]

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