WILLA v7 - Honoring The Difficult and Different In The Classroom: Walker's The Same River Twice, The Color Purple and Communicative Ethics

Volume 7
Fall 1998


Honoring The Difficult and Different In The Classroom:
Walker's The Same River Twice, The Color Purple and Communicative Ethics

Danette Di Marco, Slippery Rock University


"How does the heart keep beating? How does the spirit go on? . . . That even to attempt to respectfully encounter 'the other' is a sacred act, and leads to and through the labyrinth. To the river. Possibly to healing. A 'special effect' of the soul."

-- Alice Walker, The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult - A Meditation of Life, Spirit, Art and the Making of the Film The Color Purple Ten Years Later