The Help has touched a nerve, and JENdA journal has now framed that nerve.
How do we understand the experiences of black women domestic workers who worked in Klan homes during the 1960s? How do we make sense of Aibileen and Minny’s character in 2011? How do we understand Stockett’s notion of “sisterhood”? What does sisterhood mean between two unequal relations that are divided by power and race? How do we understand the complex class relationship between madams and their maids around the world?
The Help has generated some intense visceral reaction, and we at JENdA believe that a serious critical analysis of the film is required and needed. JENdA has just published "Issues of Our Time," a new section of the journal devoted to prompt and timely analysis of pressing issues of national or international concerns by scholars, activists, and intellectuals. The issue includes short critical essays, video, poem, and historical narratives that provide a vastly different reading and landscape that Stockett fail to see and address. With 30 contributions in total, this is proving to be the definitive response to The Help, and the only one by any academic, peer-review publication.
The editorial of this inaugural issue is free. We ask that you read the editorial first to gain a better understanding of what "Issues of Our Time" is, the historical framework of the American south, civil rights and freedom riders, and the plight of international domestic workers.
Editorial: Issue of Our Time on The Help (free, but requires registration to read it)
Table of Contents (30 contributions in total)
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