PLEASE READ IT as my MASTERS DEPENDS ON IT. THERE IS ALSO A GIVEAWAY.
I am really, really fed up with the Old Dead White Guy Club, and I want to change the world.
If you don’t follow my personal blog, clearlycolson, you probably don’t know that I just started my Masters of Teaching and Learning at McGill University. I’m going to be an English teacher. We have to do a Capstone project, which is kind of like a thesis, on some part of education we want to change.
I found one.
If you went to school in Canada or the US, I’m betting you read a lot of Shakespeare, Orwell, Dickens, and maybe Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. So far we’ve got three dead white men, and one living white woman, who are all either British or American.
How many other women did you read? Black or Latino Americans? People from Asia, Africa, South America, male or female?
We have this huge emphasis on the Old and the White, and it is not okay. I’m going to change this, or at least try my hardest. But to do this, I need some information.
So my call to Tumblr:
- Can you give me some awesome, high school appropriate works of fiction by non-Western authors?
- Bonus points if the authors are female or non-binary gendered (please avoid white Western females, though; While I love Harper Lee, we want to get other perspectives)
- Bonus points again if they are not American or British (Toni Morrison counts, but let’s expand!)
- Critical Theorists like Edward Said (Orientalism) would be helpful too
- If you don’t know any authors, THAT’S OKAY: Tell me about your experience with books and authors in high school. You are still part of the giveaway (read below)!
The conditions for submissions are:
- Keep it to fiction or autobiographical
- They CANNOT be both white and from America, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, etc.
- They CAN be from these places and be Indigenous or mixed.
- They CAN be white and from Bulgaria, Hungary, the rest of Eastern Europe, South Africa, etc., but I would like more non-white narratives
- For now, no white people writing non-white narratives (Ursula K. LeGuin rocks, but I want non-white authors for now)
- It does NOT have to be written in English; however, there must be an English translation available somewhere, since this is meant to be taught in North American schools.
- Time period doesn’t matter. In fact, narratives from pre 1700 other places of the world would be really great.
- Lit Crit authors can be any origin, as long as they’re writing about post-colonialism, anti-eurocentrism, etc.
- Even if you didn’t go to school in Canada or the US, you can submit. This is a GLOBAL contest. I’d be glad to hear about your educational experiences and what you read.
You can either reblog, ask, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your submissions.
And as a bonus, THIS IS A GIVEAWAY. There are TWO contests:
- If you DON’T know any authors, that is cool. Simply reblogging this will get you an entry; Multiple reblogs count. Please no giveaway blogs because this is meant to get it to a wide audience. You get a BONUS POINT if you talk about your high school experience with Eurocentrism (focus on West = best. Preferably talking about how this sucked, but if you loved it, tell me about it).
- IF you DO know any authors/books/critical theorists, telling me about them gives you an entry into a separate contest. You have to have read at least part of the book, so you can’t just google around. Tell me what it’s kind of about, why it’s good or important.
I will ship the prizes anywhere in the whole damn world. The prizes for both contests are the same.
You get TWO THINGS: One is a medium-sized yarn creation of your choice, like these:
and this AWESOME fantasy/post apocalyptic POC book:
This is going to run until December 7th, 2014, where I will start a new contest with new winners for the new year.
So SIGNAL BOOST THE HELL OUT OF THIS.
TLDR: HELP ME CHANGE THE WORLD. WIN CUTE YARN THINGS AND BOOKS.