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1 A Literary Analysis of June Jordan’s Revolutionary Works by Phanith Sovann

2 June Jordan rdpress.com/2009/03/ju ne-jordan.jpg Born in Harlem New York on July 1936 Poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, educator, activist, biographer Best known for her poetry and essays

3  Thesis: Feminist theories find expression in June Jordan’s poetry  Outline: Introduction I. June Jordan’s life II. Black Feminist theory in Jordan’s poetry  A. “Poem about my rights” III. Critical Race Theory in Jordan’s poetry IV. Conclusion

4 “Poem about my Rights” Even tonight and I need to take a walk and clear/ my head about this poem about why I can’t/ go out without changing my clothes my shoes / my body posture my gender identity my age/ my status as a woman alone in the evening/ alone on the streets/alone not being the point/ the point being that I can’t do what I want / to do with my own body because I am the wrong / sex the wrong age the wrong skin and

5 Feminism in two different Texts “Poem about my Rights” “A Black Feminist Statement”  June Jordan  A poem  Subjective experience  Use of “my” and “I”  Combahee River Collective  A statement  Collective conscience  Use of “we”

6 Conclusion:  No one method is better than the other  One may be preferable than the other according to audience and circumstance  Able to reach a wider and broader audience if we convey our messages through different means


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