Everything you need to understand or teach Ourika by Claire de Duras.
Ourika by Claire de Duras is a fictional novel based on a true story about a young slave girl from Senegal who is raised and protected by a wealthy French family shortly before the French Revolution. Ourika does not realize her dependent status until she overhears her benefactress discussing it with her friend. She is stricken with despair upon realizing that, despite her intelligence and numerous talents, her race ensures that she will have no future, and this despair ultimately takes her life. Ourika recounts the heartrending tale of a young woman whose race combined with the superior education she has received causes her to feel "cut off from the entire human race" (p. 16).
The Introduction consists of two essays, by Joan DeJean and Margaret Waller respectively, about Claire de Duras and the significance of her decision to write about an educated black woman shortly after the French...
Ourika: An English Translation Lesson Plans contain 116 pages of teaching material, including: