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28 Stories Of Aids In Africa

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English
Course
ENG 208
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Semester
Fall

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ENG208 04/04/2012 18:58:00 ← 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa (2007) by Stephanie Nolen (1971-) • Cultural object • Trying to influence us/world • Used to show off that laments something good about ourselves • Inspiring and informative (tension) • Distinctive • Mediate relevance • You are the intended audience • Accessible • Personal • Humanizes • Unfamiliar with the first world nation we live in (cynical) • Universal claim (we are all one) vs. Rejectionest (we are all different o There is a median ground by allowing us to relate to one another • Picks details such as life, death, birth and emphasizes on these points to make then relatable to us • She brings her personal experience into the books • Talking about the book beyond schooling; make it socialable • 28 stories yet there are 29 stories because the author Stephanie is represented through each story • Nolen is an award winning journalist; iran wars etc • War and poverty are no the main stories; erosion of society with many people dying • She admits she is part of the story she tells • Development of the new journalism; 1960 writer is part of the story she is telling and she admits it Authority vs. Experience • She has the experience to explain to us the knowledge of raising awareness and helping specific organizations ← Defining feature of the book: Profile (literary genre) • A form of narrative non fiction which is accounted for long format journalism • Defining feature is timeliness • Given the nature of the world right now it makes sense to focus on this one persons life, for what this life tells us about culture, politics • Profiles have relative straight forward context o Establish of one persons life (why is it the way it is?) o Why does this person matter beyond it’s own inherit value ← Synecdoche • A part that represents the whole o 28 million is represented by the 28 stories Nolen tells us about ← “I” vs. “You” vs. “We” • Readers, people she is writing about, or both together • Look at her strategies with her pronoun choice • Who is populating that we? • Productively unstable progress ← Strategies of inclusion ← ← Passive vs. Active Telling • Intention to change your mind; giving us the stories and we choose to make decisions about them ← ← Nolen goes back in forth between individual and structural stories. ← ← Introduction Close
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