Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Why did Morrison decide to read The Words to Say It? What effect did the book have on Morrison? What questions does Morrison have for Marie Cardinal and why are these significant?

Essay Topic 2

Morrison started a file to document instances of black people igniting moments of discovery in literature not written by them. Why is this significant? Why did Morrison begin doing this? Is this a positive or negative thing for Morrison to do? Why? What effect did doing this have on Morrison?

Essay Topic 3

In Morrison's Playing in the Dark, she discusses the dichotomies that black people are encouraged to fit into. Black people in literature are seen as markers for the benevolent and wicked, spiritual and voluptuous, sinful and enticing, and pure and restrained. Discuss an example of each of these dichotomies. Then explain why it is harmful for black people to be...

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