Department of English Master's Thesis Defense: Sonja Benton
- Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
- Wilson Hall, 2-288 - view map
Sonja Benton will be defending their thesis, My Dildo Called Nicaragua: Rewriting Cultural Mythos. This paper explores how social myths about writing, language, teaching and personhood impact the stories we have access to and the languages of oppressed peoples. By drawing parallels between Reagan-era activists and modern movements, this paper aims to create a new understanding of the academic activist and start to rewrite the falsehoods embedded in political rhetoric. The paper is a biography of sorts, of the author, Audre Lorde, and Gloria Anzaldúa, that aims to tell untold stories and change the perception of who writes, learns and teaches and why.
Potential triggers: gun violence, sexual assault, graphic language, cancer.