Two Stories of Oppression in “Our Nig”

As the first African-American woman novelist, Harriet Wilson wrote in the shadow of two intersecting oppressions: racism and sexism. In the title page of her roman à clef Our Nig, she offers an alternative title: “Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story White House, North. Showing that Slavery’s Shadows Fall Even… Continue reading Two Stories of Oppression in “Our Nig”

Death and the King’s Horseman

The play Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka examines colonialism by depicting the clashing of cultures and exposing the dangers of ethnocentrism. The story takes place in Nigeria, following several main characters: an Englishman named Pilkings and his wife, Jane, and Elesin Oba. As the late King’s horseman, Elesin Oba must commit suicide… Continue reading Death and the King’s Horseman

Rwanda Memorials

My Peace and Conflict Studies class recently went on three field trips to genocide memorials in Rwanda: The Kigali Memorial Centre, and the Ntarama and Nyamata memorials. The Kigali Memorial Centre was very much like a museum, while Ntarama and Nyamata were churches where people had been killed. The main exhibit of Kigali Memorial Centre walks you through Rwanda’s… Continue reading Rwanda Memorials