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Mapping New York Literary History Project

Mapping New York Literary History Project

Welcome to Mapping New York’s Literary History, a digital literary history project produced by Lehman College English majors in concert with English professor Bret Maney. To begin exploring our interactive project, open this post.

Margaret Walker’s This Is My Century: New and Collected Poems: So Much More Than Just Your Average Poetry Collection

Margaret Walker’s This Is My Century: New and Collected Poems: So Much More Than Just Your Average Poetry Collection

By Brandie Failey | Oh boy, here I am again. Back at it again being forced to write another book review for one of my classes at Lehman College. Last time it was a novel, but this time it’s This Is My Century: New and Collected Poems written by Margaret Walker.  Last time was also […]

Review of The Puerto Ricans: Our American Story

Review of The Puerto Ricans: Our American Story

By Maritza Lopez | At the beginning of the documentary The Puerto Ricans: Our American Story, opera singer Justino Diaz sings, in his signature baritone voice, “En Mi Viejo San Juan” (“In My Old San Juan”) with tears in his eyes. A song known by Puerto Ricans, it expresses the diaspora of Puerto Ricans living […]

The Next Track will Leave You Breathless: Rihanna’s “American Oxygen”

By Eileen Sepulveda | While standing at the bus stop on a wintry, windy night scrolling down my Spotify librería and clicking on the most recently played, Rihanna is at the top of my list. Besides being a big fan of most of her albums with her bold, sassy lyrics and sexiness, she is truly one of […]

Review of Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America

Review of Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America

By Nad | African drums booming in the background. Singers chanting “Awemoway, Awemoway.”  The camera circumnavigates the forest. Nah, this ain’t The Lion King. This is Coming to America.

Mexican-American Culture and La Malinche’s Story: A Review of A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying

Mexican-American Culture and La Malinche’s Story: A Review of A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying

By Karen Ramirez | A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying is a collection of poems written by Laurie Ann Guerrero. In this book, the author uses complex and conflicting aspects and views of “La Malinche,” such as motherhood, womanhood, treachery, and language, and relates them to bigger themes from her life as a […]

ENG 308: “Where Do We Go from Here?”

ENG 308: “Where Do We Go from Here?”

By Bret Maney | On April 5, a student jumpstarted our conversation about Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, the classic 1959 play about African American dreams and the desegregationist struggle in Chicago, with a rousing, impromptu performance of his poem “Where Do We Go from Here?” Everyone in the class was stunned, and the poem’s […]

Hunter/Lehman College’s Band of Sisters

Hunter/Lehman College’s Band of Sisters

By D. C. | What we know as Lehman College today was originally the Bronx campus of Hunter College. Female students would take classes at the Bronx campus for two years and then complete the rest of their education at Hunter College in Manhattan. During the decade before the beginning of World War II, only […]

Ota Benga: The Pygmy in the Bronx Zoo

Ota Benga: The Pygmy in the Bronx Zoo

By Faydelin Stoddart-Smith | In the early twentieth century, a human was exhibited in the same cage as monkeys in the Bronx Zoo. The Monkey House, also known as the Primate House, was a popular location at the zoo. It once housed grey-handed night-monkeys and apes, including a famous orangutan named Dohong. However, due to […]

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