Would you respond to the story in the same way if you knew it were written by a white woman? Or by a man? just tell me your thoughtthank you~

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is a very difficult question to answer really as in lots of ways the themes are universal, but at the same time specific in terms of the history of black Americans and the move to embrace their African roots as expressed by Dee. I don't think it would change my feelings about this excellent short story, but I do wonder if it would have to be tweaked slightly.

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Would you respond to the story in the same way if you knew it were written by a white woman? Or by a man?

just tell me your thought

thank you~

My response would be the same. When I read this story, I respond to the unforgettable characters, how they look, what they do, what they say. These are people I can identify with in ways that have nothing to do with race or gender. Mama, Dee, and Maggie are so human in their feelings and reactions and strengths and weaknesses they are universal in their depiction.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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If a man wrote this story exactly as it is written or a white woman wrote this story exactly the way Ms. Walker wrote it, then I probably would not respond any differently.  The story as written is a beautiful story and that would not change if a man or a woman were the author.  I don't usually base my appreciation of literature on who wrote it.  My judgements are soley on the story itself.  I have known many women who write with a male name simply because it is easier to get published as a man in some genres.  If the story is good, and this one is, my opinion would not change.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Very interesting question. I am white, and when I read the story, I imagine my grandmother in the place of Mama. My grandparents were farmers, and a few of the houses on their farm could have been the house Mama and Maggie lived in. In fact, my grandmother's youngest sister was very much like Mama--a big woman who could have easily killed and slaughtered a bull calf by herself. Her house always smelled like cornbread and milk. So having a white woman write the story would make no difference for me.

I'm not sure I'd have the same feeling if a man had written the story. I'm sure men feel the same way about heritage as women do.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I don't really feel that a man could write this story with the same conviction that a woman could.  He would have to do an enormous amount of research and have a intuitive female voice.  I do however believe a white woman could have written this story.  The themes of heritage, materialism, isolation, and community are not limited to the African-American culture.  There are quilts in my family which have been made from clothing and patches of material belonging to my great-grandmother, my grandmother and other relatives that remind me daily of where I came from and what those people sacrificed to give me the opportunities I have today.   Although the "white" author would not have had family go thorough slavery, there were and are many families who have a heritage that their children try to either forget, or try to emulate. 

I am in no way trying to deflate Ms. Walkers talent.  I love all of her work and have read several of her novels. This story is a lovely piece and a well written story, no matter who did it.

I hope this helps.

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I don't really feel that a man could write this story with the same conviction that a woman could.  He would have to do an enormous amount of research and have a intuitive female voice.  I do however believe a white woman could have written this story.  The themes of heritage, materialism, isolation, and community are not limited to the African-American culture.  There are quilts in my family which have been made from clothing and patches of material belonging to my great-grandmother, my grandmother and other relatives that remind me daily of where I came from and what those people sacrificed to give me the opportunities I have today.   Although the "white" author would not have had family go thorough slavery, there were and are many families who have a heritage that their children try to either forget, or try to emulate. 

I am in no way trying to deflate Ms. Walkers talent.  I love all of her work and have read several of her novels. This story is a lovely piece and a well written story, no matter who did it.

I hope this helps.

well, my question is that what would you feel if the author is a white woman or a man. You have to think this question on the basic of that the story should be the same and without any changes.

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