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Discovering Worlds Past and Present

What Time Is It?

Just when you think you’ve got things figured out, someone asks you to re-think it.  In this age of political correctness, our language has been guarded by those trying to protect the under-represented or marginalized in a culture.  As a result, we have learned to read our past into our present, and judge art and culture according to our present understanding.  Read this Overview of New Historicism, and this more condensed Brief Summary of New Historicism.  Then watch the videos below.  Before you watch, read the short article above them.  

       When you’re finished, write a They Say/I Say Response that starts with the line, “Maybe they could be right . . .”

Article #1 — The Trickster in African American Literature

Article 2: Reversal of Roles

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