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Applying Intersectionality to Nella Larsen’s Passing

Applying Intersectionality to Nella Larsen’s Passing

(Original Caption) The Most Populated Street in New York City – East 112th Street. General view of East 112th Street. (Getty Images)          In 1989, Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term Intersectionality to expose how the “single-axis framework that is dominant in antidiscrimination law” is insufficient when considering the “multidimensionality of Black women’s experience” (139). However,...
Come Write for the ESA's Blog!

Come Write for the ESA’s Blog!

Have you ever wanted to talk about a book, but your friends have never heard of it? Or maybe, you watched a critically underrated film that boggled your mind so much that you pulled an all-nighter to write an essay. Whatever your reason may be, chances are that as an English student, you do a...
Why I Respect Fanfiction

Why I Respect Fanfiction

Image: “A Rainbow of Books” by Dawn Endico on Creative Commons. License CC BY-SA 2.0 The criticism against fanfiction is most often centered on the rhetoric of it being poorly written, unoriginal, and too sexual in nature. However, this take fails to consider that fanfiction allows a writer to share their creative works without having...
The End of the Road: Escaping through Privilege in My Own Private Idaho

The End of the Road: Escaping through Privilege in My Own Private Idaho

“I’ve been tasting roads all my life. This road will never end. It probably goes all around the world.”-Mike Waters  Mike Waters is a tragic character. Played by the late River Phoenix, he’s a young gay sex worker whose life is perceived as a fun escape to his best friend, Scott Favor. Mike’s situation was...