Week 3--Going Against the Grain (and the Forest?)
Our readings this week are Linda Kaufmann's 1992 essay, "The Long Good-bye: Against Personal Testimony," and Paula Gunn Allen's 1986 "Kochinnenako in Academe: Three Approaches to interpreting a Keres Indian Tale." In the first, Kaufman insists on writing "against the grain of individualism"; in the second, Allen shows how hard it is "to see the forest when you are a tree." What a nice overlap of metaphors here! In what ways do they intersect with or rub up against your own? With each other's arguments? With the positions you see articulated elsewhere in this forum, by students of various generations and genders?