Re: RARA-AVIS: Surprise Endings (was "Unreliable narrator")

Date: 13 Nov 2005

Hi, Rob, I agree that you don't want to beat a theme to death, but in the 40's, I don't think racism was on these novelists minds as a theme. I could be wrong. Is Filipino houseboy a racial slur? It sounds like plain fact to me. I need to spend way more time looking back to really continue this discussion with any intelligence, so I'm going to have to let it go. I just remember being upset with MF (oops, Maltese Falcon) when I used it in class about 15 years ago. Thanks for remarking on Marisol in MP as the subtle use of theme, but I was just using memories of a young girl I had worked with when I had a secretary job. Maybe the theme was in my subconscious, so I'll take credit! I didn't realize until later, when interviewed, that most Miami novelists were using Cubans and other immigrants as the villians. Vicki

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