Atwood’s “This Is a Photograph of Me” and R.E.M. (feat. Natalie Merchant), “Photograph”

Especially in the #MeToo era, R.E.M.’s “Photograph” featuring Natalie Merchant resonates with these lines: “Was she willing when she sat/And posed a pretty photograph.”

The lyrics pair well with Margaret Atwood’s haunting “This Is a Photograph of Me” as well for students to investigate, and then, to write themselves using a picture as a writing source.

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About plthomasedd

P. L. Thomas, Professor of Education (Furman University, Greenville SC), taught high school English in rural South Carolina before moving to teacher education. He is a former column editor/co-editor for English Journal (National Council of Teachers of English) and series editor for Critical Literacy Teaching Series: Challenging Authors and Genres (Brill/Sense Publishers), in which he authored/edited several volumes. He has served on major committees with NCTE, and has been named Council Historian (2013-2015), and formerly served as co-editor for The South Carolina English Teacher for SCCTE. Recent books include Critical Media Literacy and Fake News in Post-Truth America (Brill, 2018) and Trumplandia: Unmasking Post-Truth America (Garn, 2017). He has also published books on Barbara Kingsolver, Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Haruki Murakami. His scholarly work includes dozens of works in major journals—English Journal, English Education, Souls, Notes on American Literature, Journal of Educational Controversy, Journal of Teaching Writing, and others. His commentaries have been included in Room for Debate (The New York Times), The Answer Sheet (Washington Post), The Guardian (UK), Truthout, Education Week, The State (Columbia, SC), The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) and The Greenville News (Greenville, SC). His work can be followed at radical eyes for equity (http://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/) and @plthomasEdD on Twitter.

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