Thursday, March 26, 2015

Paginas en Blanco: Whitewashed Family Histories

Douglas Hale, Secrets (2014)
Recently we've been reading the Junot Diaz novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, a novel that is profoundly concerned with storytelling and history. In describing the absences in both family and national history, Diaz uses the phrase "paginas en blanco" which he describes as a "blank page...to be filled in with the truth" (90).

This year we, too, have been thinking about the relationship between national history and family history. So, we borrowed the model from the Post Secret project and invited the students in our class to each offer up a single pagina en blanco from their own families. We wanted to explore the secrets that remained hidden or the truths that were never talked about openly within family history in a project we call "Paginas en Blanco de Mi Familia". The rules were simple: a single sentence of text and evidence of thought in the graphic presentation of the "secret." Please check out the finished compilation below.

12 comments:

Stephanie S said...

It was interesting to see how a lot of Paginas en Blancos were related to the same topic. In class we discussed how a lot of paginas en blancos are similar perhaps due to the fact that we all live in the same area.

Jen F said...

I also thought that the páginas en blanco de mi familia was very interesting. It really made you become much more empathetic to the people around you. It also really made me think about how we feel we might know the person next to us well, but you never really truly know what they could be going through.

Ellie L said...

The "Paginas En Blanco" project was very interesting to see all put together. It is interesting to see the themes that are repeated; a lot of families seem to keep similar things a secret, or don't talk about them? I wonder how these themes change over time. For example, a lot of people stated that they had "family secrets" involving mental illness. To someone who watches this ten years from now, it might seem odd that something like that was kept a secret. What is possible more interesting is the themes that will always remain "paginas en blanco"s no matter how the times change.

Marlene Detierro said...

Diaz is a very talented writer and I can't imagine the time spent in researching the Trujillo years and making the connections to this one family. This is definitely one for those of us who enjoy heavy literature as well as an epic journey through a not often discussed history.

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