Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Intertextuality at Its Finest

Since we will be discussing Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart next week, I wanted to update the blog design. This new picture is the cover art from the Roots' 1999 album, which takes its title from Achebe's novel. To add to the intertextuality, Achebe took his title from W.B. Yeats's poem, "The Second Coming," which I believe that you all read last year in Mrs. Klebba's class. I also found the following information about the Roots' album on Wikipedia: "For a limited time period, Things Fall Apart was made available with a choice of five different front covers. One such cover displays a photograph taken during a riot in the Civil Rights Movement era. In the stark black-and-white photo, riot police are seen chasing two black teenagers on the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant. In 2005, this cover was included in the book, The Greatest Album Covers Of All Time by Barry Miles, Grant Scott & Johnny Morgan, and published by Collins & Brown."

It's undoubtedly a powerful and disturbing image.


Shaina Lu said...

I loved Yeats' "The Second Coming." His poem was so intense and layered with significance. I found Yeats' idea of gyres especially interesting. It was a strange idea to learn about.

Ravin S said...

I found it very interesting as well. In Yeats' book "A Vision", He talks about the world being full of overlapping gyres. The highest point of the gyre I believed was during the life of Jesus. Our current time is the lowest point of a gyre and soon after we will head upwards again. It does make a lot of sense especially when the gyres are related to different movements in art and literature. Times when artists believed humans were good and other moments when we were shown to be cruel creatures.