a lesson before dying 1

In class we are right now reading the book A Lesson Before Dying (you can find a preview with many pages of the book here https://www.amazon.com/Lesson-Before-Dying-Oprahs-… (go to “look inside” on the image of the book)) Also, we have read the book only until chapter 23. Or you can find a summary of every chapter here https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/lessonbefore/

From what the professor told me is that I can keep my theme (the ones that I sent you on the other instructions) but focus on A Lesson Before Dying and how I can talk about it beyond what Davis mentions. So you need to modify all the slides and transcript with this new instructions. I need to do a presentation that is about Landscape as Prisonscape but focusing on A Lesson Before Dying the most.

Have in mind this following emails:

From my group: “First, we include some information about the author and the context of the readings. To follow this, we’ve outlined 5-6 themes: “narrow spaces” and surveillance, choosing submission or defiance, individual v. societal change, construction of black masculinity, psychological implications, and intersectionality and the role of black women. To elaborate on these we are planning on each group member giving examples of specific characters from several Gaines novels mentioned by Davis. Does this sound like sufficient articulation of the reading?”

Reply from the professor: “I think this organization could work. This secondary source is a bit tricky since it’s not entirely about the primary source we are reading in class, and it’s also a section of a larger chapter. That’s why I uploaded all of Chapter 5 to Blackboard, so you all could see how this section fits within the larger chapter. It might be worth taking a look a the first few pages of Chapter 5 for a bit more context about the required section (“Landscape as Prisonscape”). It might also give you a better sense of the author’s main argument, which is one part that seems to be missing from your outline. It would be ok to put the argument in your words if you’re having trouble locating a passage in “Landscape as Prisonscape” that maps out the author’s argument. I hope this helps.

Let me know if you have questions


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