Strands (2nd Nine Weeks)

Alice Munro
Canadian author known for short stories, especially in tendency to move forward and backward in time. 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for her work as “master of the contemporary short story”, 2009 Man Booker International Prize for work.

Isabel Allende
Chilean-American writer whose works are known for magical surrealism, famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits (1982) and City of the Beasts (2002). Barack Obama awarded her the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ben Okri
African author of the post-modern and post-colonial traditions, compared against authors such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Garcia marquez.

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Salman Rushdie
British Indian novelist and essayist. Most stories set on the Indian subcontinent, he’s said to combine magical realism with historical fiction and deal with connections,etc between Eastern and Western civilizations

Angela Carter
English novelist and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism, and picaresque works. Nights at the Circus was selected as the best ever winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2012.

August 28, 1955
Murer of Emmett Till, a 14 year old african american from chicago. Brutally murdered for flirting for a white woman while visiting Money, Mississippi

December 1, 1955
Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat for a white man.

September 15, 1963
Birmingham church bombing, in which four african american girls were killed.

June 21, 1964
Three young civil rights workers, an african american and two white new Yorkers, were murdered in Nashoba County, Mississipppi.

They’d been working to register black voters in Mississippi during Freedom Summer and went to investigate the burning of a black church. They were arrested by the police on fabricated charges and released into the hands of the KKK, who beat and murdered them.

June 5, 1966
A march from Memphis to Jackson Tennessee to encourage African Americans to register and vote was started by James Meredith, who was shot on the first day. He was the first black to go to the segregated University of Mississippi.

Follow the Drinking Gourd
a song used by an Underground Railroad operative for instruction. Enabled fleeing slaves to make their way from Alabama to the Ohio River and freedom. The “drinking gourd” was a code name for The Big Dipper, which points North.

Muddy Waters
Real name is McKinley Morganfield.

An American blues musician. He is considered the “father of modern Chicago blues”.

Fats Waller
Real name is Thomas Wright.

An influential American jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer, whose innovations to the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano.

Real name is Huddie William Ledbetter. An American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced.

Pinetop Perkins
Real name is Joseph William Perkins. An American blues pianist.

Perkins played with some of the most influential blues and rock and roll performers in American history and received numerous honors during his lifetime, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Blues Hall of Fame

Rootedness: The Ancestor as Foundation
An essay written by Toni Morrison. Talks about the characteristics of African American literature. Reflects on past African American writers before her.

Ebos Landing
a place in St. Simons Island, GA that gets its name from a historic tale known as the “Myth of the Flying Africans” . This tale of an Ebo (or Igbo) slave rebellion on St.

Simons Island has become a powerful metaphor of African American courage, longing, and conviction.

The Book of Negro Folklore
A book of black folk tales collected in the 1950s by Langston Hughes. The book contains one of the earliest versions of a traditional slave myth of an African tribe whose people could fly.

Jean Baptiste Poquelin
Known by his stage name Moliere. French playwright and actor considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in western literature.

Among Molière’s best-known works are The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, Tartuffe, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, and The Bourgeois Gentleman.

Francois Marie Arouet
Known by his pen name Voltaire. He was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit. He was a satirical polemicist and often used his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.

Stephen Colbert
American political satirist known for the satirical news report on Comedy Central entitled the Colbert Report. He played a caricatured version of conservative political pundits. The show ran from 2005 until 2014. Colbert is from Washington D.C. Attended Northwestern University in Chicago.



Illustrated the 1938 edition of Gulliver’s Travels.

Milo Winter
Well known book illustrator from Illinois. Illustrated the 1912 edition of Gulliver’s Travels.

Thomas Morten
Illustrator who was in his prime in the 1860’s. Illustrated an image of Gulliver standing next to the Lilliputians that was later carved into wood by W. J. Linton.

Remembered for committing suicide in his 30’s.

Arthur Rackham
English book illustrator who illustrated the 1909 publishing of Gulliver’s Travels. Paired watercolor techniques with the techniques of journalism illustrations.

Castle in the Sky
1986 Japanese animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki that takes place in Laputa. First film produced and released by Studio Ghibli. It was retitled Laputa: Castle in the Sky for the re-release in Australia and the United Kingdom.

A novel by Adam Roberts in which the British Government has grown rich exploiting Lilliputian slaves. Has been called a science fiction version of Gulliver’s Travels.

Martin Rowson
Author of the graphic novel version of Gulliver’s Travels, released in 2012.

A band who wrote an album called Travels into Several Remote Nations of the Mind in 2009 that was based off of Gulliver’s Travels.

Matthew Hodgart
Author of the “fifth part” of Gulliver’s Travels, A New Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms, in which Gulliver returns to the country of the Houyhnhnms and finds a new state of liberal horses and revolting Yahoos. Published in 1970.

Jujantaram Mamantaram
A Hindi comedy directed by Somitra Ranade and produced by Arunima Roy. The film is based on the tales Bakasura and Gulliver’s Travels. It was released on May 30, 2003.

Georg Philipp Telemann
German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Became a composer against his family’s wishes and was almost completely self-taught.

Composed a song entitled Gulliver Suite which followed Gulliver on his journeys. It was composed two years after the book was published and became an instant sensation

Jack Black
Actor who portrayed Gulliver in the 2010 movie version of Gulliver’s Travels directed by Rob Letterman.

The Vogons are a fictional alien race from the planet Vogsphere in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Known as being one of the most unpleasant races in the galaxy and known for having the third worst poetry in the galaxy.

Terrance Hayes
Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh who writes poetry. Has won the Whiting Writer’s Award, Pushcart Prize, and three Best American Poetry selections. Has written the following poems: Lighthead, Wind in a Box, Hip Logic, and Muscular Music.

Robert Zimmerman
Real name of musician Bob Dylan.

American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer.

Back to School
Back to School is a 1986 comedy film starring Rodney Dangerfield, Keith Gordon, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Terry Farrell, William Zabka, Ned Beatty, Sam Kinison, and Robert Downey, Jr. It was directed by Alan Metter. In this movie, Rodney Dangerfield’s character recites the poem Do not Go Gentle into that Goodnight, by Dylan Thomas.

“The Daisy Commercial”
A controversial commercial released during the 1964 United States presidential election by president Lyndon B. Johnson’s campaign.

It echoes WH Auden’s poem September 1, 1939.

Four Weddings and a Funeral
1994 British romantic comedy directed by Mike Newell. It starred Hugh Grant as Charles.

At the funeral of Gareth, Gareth’s partner Matthew recites the poem Funeral Blues written by W.H. Auden.

James Joyce
Irish novelist and poet who is considered one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the earliest 20th century.

He is best known for Ulysses, a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer’s Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles.

23rd James Bond film. Released in 2012, starring Daniel Craig, directed by Sam Mendes. The final lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem Ulysses are featured in this movie.

Timothy C.


Composer who arranges poems in to choral songs. Did a bunch of Christmas musical arrangements, such as We Wish You a Merry Christmas, We Three Kings, What Child is This, etc.

June Foray
Voice actress known for being the voice of Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Other roles include Lucifer from Cinderella, Rocky the flying squirrel, and Jokey Smurf.

Boris Karloff
Narrator and voice of the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Real name is William Henry Pratt. Other roles include the monster in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Frankenstein (1931), and Imhotep in The Mummy (1932).

Thurl Ravenscroft
Vocalist for the song You’re a Mean One, Mr.

Grinch. Known for being the voice of Tony the Tiger for Frosted Flakes and Billy Bass in the movie The Aristocats.