Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes

How do we see others? How do we see ourselves? How do we perceive others as seeing ourselves? And, how do all of these perceptions help to create and reinforce our sense of identity or lack of sense of identity?

In this PBAT course focused on identity and race in American literature, students will read and analyze Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning American author Toni Morrison's novel, The Bluest Eye as well as other various short texts and poems by authors such as James Baldwin and Langston Hughes. Students will explore how these authors speak to issues of race and identity in America, and learn about various critical lenses such as reader response and post-colonial critical theories. This expedition will culminate in a PBAT.

Readings: 
Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye
The Souls of Blackfolk by W.E.B. DuBois
Backlash by Susan Faludi
Poetry: Sharon Olds, Zora Howard, Willie Perdomo, Adrienne Rich, and others
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Media Used: 
“Killing us Softly 3: Advertising’s Image of Women,” Jean Kilbourne
“A Girl Like Me” By Kiri Davis
Imitation of Life (film)
Interim Assessments: 

Comparative Analysis Papers (two)

Significant Assignments: 

Reading Response Journals and Analysis

Significant Activities or Projects: 

Forums & online discussions: Responses to Peer Journal Entries

Sample PBATs: 
What is beautiful?
Why do individuals seek to transform themselves?
The consequences of not fitting the Ideal