Daily Archives: April 12, 2008

Power and the Beloved Country

Stumped. Stymied. Befuddled. Flustered. Perplexed. Mystified. Stuck.

That’s what I felt when trying to decide how to introduce the next novel in my class, Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. Even though I’m teaching American Literature in this college-level course, I’m using an African novel principally because Paton used Steinbeck’s style, motifs, and some of the patterns of The Grapes of Wrath. Also, Paton drew inspiration from Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and Lincoln’s “Second Inaugural Address.” Continue reading