Humanities Midterm

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  1. Collective Unconscious
    The part of the unconscious mind that is derived from ancestral memory and experience and is common to all humankind, or race, as distinct from the individual's unconscious. African-Americans all share a collective unconcious of the trajedies that befell their ancestors.
  2. Archetype
    An archetype is an original model of a person, ideal example, or a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned, or emulated; a symbol universally recognized by all.
  3. Metaphor
    A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.A thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, esp. something abstract. Sethe from Beloved can be used as a metaphor for the psychological aftermath of slavery.
  4. Symbol
    A thing that represents or stands for something else, esp. a material object representing something abstract-Shackles are a symbol of slavery. A mark or character used as a conventional representation of an object, function, or process. Beloved is a symbol for slavery.
  5. Genre
    A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter. Rap is a genre of music.
  6. Trope
    A figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression- he used the two-Americas trope to explain how a nation free and democratic at home could act wantonly abroad.
  7. Epic
    A long film, book, or other work portraying heroic deeds and adventures or covering an extended period of time. Beloved was an epic that depicted the traumatizations of slavery.
  8. Fragmented Narrative
    In a fragmented narrative the sequence of events is presented in a non linear fashion, i.e. it does not take place in an order. Beloved has a fragmented narrative because of the use of many flashbacks in order to shape the story.
  9. Orality
    Orality is thought and verbal expression in societies where the technologies of literacy (especially writing and print) are unfamiliar to most of the population.
  10. Novel
    A fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and action with some degree of realism.
  11. Counter-hegemonic Narrative
    Narrative written by the underdogs. The non-hegemonic narrative is written by the oppressed people. It is the story that is rarely told and is usually against the Hegemonic Culture.
  12. Subaltern
    A person socially, politically, and geographically outside of the hegemonic power structure. African Americans are a subaltern race in America.
  13. New Negro Movement
    A term popularized during the Harlem Renaissance implying a more outspoken advocacy of dignity and a refusal to submit quietly to the practices of Jim Crowe laws.
  14. Harlem Renaissance
    Black cultural movement in the 20's that gave African Americans an identity. Was all about the cultural upbringing and education of blacks. Music, literature, and art flowed from it.
  15. Hell Fighters
    Black squad in WWII.
  16. Rent Parties
    Parties that musicians would throw in order to get enough money to pay rent.
  17. Negrotarians
    White patrons that would pay for black art, music, and literature. Financed them.
  18. The Crisis
    The official magazine of the NAACP created by W.E.B. Dubois. Showed the dangers of racial prejudice.
  19. Black Legend
    A style of writing created in order to create animosity within Spain's rule. Depicted Spain as being an evil, bad ruler to it's colonies and extremly cruel.
  20. The Spot Resolution
    When Lincoln asked to see the "spot" for which American blood was spilled on American soil. This was the reason that Polk was declaring war on Mexico. Lincoln was against it so he asked to see the fictitious spot that did not exist.
  21. Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo
    Ended the Mexican-American war. 1848. Was signed at Guadelupe. Made the Mexico border all the way back at the Rio Grande.
  22. Repatriations
    To restore or return to the the country of birth, citizenship, or orgin. There was a movement for African Americans to have reparations by returning to their ancestor's land of Africa.
  23. Psychological Process of Decolonization
    Decolonization is the undoing of colonialism in a state either by achieving it's independance or culturally ousting the old regime. Psychologically this creates an underdog society that rises up from oppression. A culture of rebellion. Mexicans went through the psychological process of decolonization after they regained their independance from Spain.
  24. How do racial ideologies function in the westward expansion of the US? How does this impact the Native peoples of the Americas and the Mexican Americans?
  25. What two major historical events have had a significant impact on the Mexican American community? What are the long term effects of these events of the Latino community as a whole?
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Humanities Midterm
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