Literature

The dangers of a single story

Today, we watched a video lecture by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie , The dangers of a single story. In her lecture, she explains what how saw other people when she was a young girl in Nigeria. She then explained how she felt about herself and others when she moved to the United States. After that, she explains how here feelings changed as she learned more about people in other places. It is great that high school students are asked to watch videos like this to give students a broader picture of what people are like in different parts of the world. It is a wonderful introduction to the value of Comparative Literature. My student is also reading one of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s books Purple Hibiscus. Reading world literature is important for students to avoid stereotypes and bad ideas about people in other parts of the planet.

Here is the video

I can help students read and understand texts in English, Greek, Spanish and Italian. I am very fortunate to have studied Comparative Literature under brilliant professors at UCLA, UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University.

For more about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, visit her website https://www.chimamanda.com/

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