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Cultural Studies [electronic resource]: Ishmael Reed and Graciela Limón

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In Part I, Betty Tillman Samb and her students at Raoul Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, California, explore Ishmael Reed's poem, "Railroad Bill, A Conjure Man" and related texts. Reed visits the class and reads excerpts of the poem. In Part II, Bobbi Houtchens and her students at Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino, California, discuss excerpts from Graciela Limón's novel about Chiapas entitled "Erased Faces". Limón reads passages from her novel and shares stories of growing up in East Los Angeles and visiting the Zapatistas in Mexico. Expanding on the concept of literary allusions and influences in literature, cultural studies approach in these lessons links the study of literature to a knowledge of history and social issues.
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2003