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Eric Darnell Pritchard

Associate FacultyPh.D., English, 2008, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Eric Darnell Pritchard




Literacy; composition theory; rhetoric; community-based writing; African-American and LGBT literature; black feminist theory;black queer theory; race and masculinities; hip hop studies; fashion and performance.


Eric Darnell Pritchard is an assistant professor of African and African Diaspora Studies. He holds affiliate faculty appointments in English, the Warfield Center for African and African-American Studies, and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. His current focus is on the intersections of race, (queer) sexuality, gender and class with historical and contemporary literacy research. Pursuant to those interests he is at work on several research projects including a book-length manuscript  based on a grounded theory analysis of original interviews with sixty black lesbian, gay, bisexual,and transgender people living across the United States. 

Selected Publications

“For Colored Kids Who Committed Suicide, Our Outrage Isn’t Enough: Queer Youth of Color, Bullying, and the Discursive Limits of Identity and Safety” Harvard Educational Review 83.2 (Summer 2013): 320-­‐345 

"Yearning to Be What We Might Have Been: Queering Black Male Feminism" Palimpsest: A Journal on Women, Gender, and the Black International 1:2 (Fall/Winter 2012): 179-199.

“This is not an empty-headed man in a dress: Literacy, Misused, Reread and Rewritten in Soulopoliz” Southern Communication Journal 74.3 (July-Sept. 2009): 278-299.

“Pathways to Diversity: Social Justice and the Multiplicity of Identities.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Conversations on Diversity Series. 4 December 2008.

“Sista’ Outsider: Queer Women of Color and Hip Hop.” (Co-authored with Maria L. Bibbs) Homegirls Make Some   Noise: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology. Eds. Gwendolyn Pough, Elaine Richardson, Aisha Durham and Rachel Raimist. Munroe, CA: Parker Publishing, 2007. 19-40.

Recent Fellowship Awards/Honors: 

James Weldon Johnson Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Emory University (2013-2014, [Declined])

James Weldon Johnson Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Emory University (2012-2013)

Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (2009-2010)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Literature, Rutgers University (Declined)


WGS 393 • Critical Hip Hop Studies

48206 • Spring 2014
Meets TH 1200pm-300pm UTC 1.142
(also listed as AFR 387D, E 397M)

AFR387D: Critical Hip-Hop Studies

Dr. Eric Darnell Pritchard

Thurs. 12-3pm, UTC 1.142

Graduate Course Description

In this graduate seminar we will read foundational and recent scholarship in what may be called “Critical

Hip-Hop Studies,” a scholarly discourse cutting across a range of disciplines, including history, rhetoric,

literary studies, education, religious studies, sociology, and performance studies. The term “critical”

intends to emphasize a stream of research in hip-hop studies that takes on the need to document the

emergence of the culture and its impact on the social, political, economic and educational terrain, but also

calls for and demonstrates various forms of self-critique of hip-hop culture and scholarship. This course

will especially emphasize research on hip-hop in relation to feminism, queerness, education, and arts

activism. Engaging this scholarship, we will posit the implications of this research for the current state

and next steps of hip-hop studies, for the many disciplines from which this research emerges, as well as

implications for the future of hip-hop culture at large. The course will also support the development and

support of each student’s own hip-hop studies research, writing, and creative projects that will also further

the self-reflexive impulse so necessary and increasingly prevalent at this juncture in hip-hop studies with

broad implication for theory, methodology, and pedagogy of this field.

Course Assignments/Grading

Attendance and Participation (Discussion Leading, Critical Questions) 20%

Paper Proposal and Annotated Bibliography 15%

Book Review 20%

Final Paper and/or Artistic Project 45%

Required Texts

In addition to a course reader, students are required to read the following:

Brown, Ruth Nicole.

Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogy (2008)

Chang, Jeff.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation (2005)

Clay, Andreana.

The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth, Activism and Post-Civil

Rights Politics


Cohen, Cathy.

Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics


Jeffries, Michael.

Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip Hop (2011)

Love, Bettina.

Hip Hop's Li'l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in

the New South


Morgan, Joan.

When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip Hop Feminist Breaks it



Neal, Mark Anthony.

Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities (2013)


(Special Issue): “The Queerness of Hip Hop/ The Hip Hop of Queerness.” C.

Riley Snorton, ed. Volume 2, Issue 2 (2013)

Perry, Imani.

Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop (2004)

Pough, Gwendolyn D.

Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip Hop and the

Public Sphere


Pough, G. and E. Richardson, R. Raimist, and A. Durham.

Home Girls Make Some

Noise!: Hip-hop Feminism Anthology


Richardson, Elaine.

Hip Hop Literacies (2006)

Rose, Tricia.

Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop – and

Why it Matters



WGS 340 • Politics Of Black Sexuality

47100 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 303
(also listed as AFR 374F, RHE 379C)

It is recommended that students enrolling in this course should have a basic
grounding in rhetoric OR African-American/gender/sexuality, history or theory.

This course is a rhetorical approach to the politics of black sexuality as
examined across disciplines, including: literacy, history, literature, visual
culture and performance. Of particular interest are the multiplicity of black
sexualities with gender, race and ethnicity, class, disability and other
identities. We will examine the ways rhetoric is employed historically and
contemporarily to construct claims regarding black sexuality through various
mediums such as writing and visual culture and the consequences of those
claims. In addition, we will explore the rhetorical strategies Black folks
employ in the interest of “sex-positive” self-making and other expressions of
sexual agency and also how this rhetoric is deployed in resistance to
pathologizing claims and problematic depictions of black sexuality.

After reviewing African-American rhetorical traditions topics may include:
historical perspectives on stereotypes of black sexuality from enslavement
through the present; black women and reproductive justice; rape, sexual
assault, street harassment and other forms of sexual violence; lynching and
black sexuality; “the down low” and queer black male sexualities; sexuality in
black lesbian cinema; sex-work (pornography, sex tourism, prostitution); black
spirituality, the body and the erotic; the impact of HIV/AIDS on the black
community and black political agendas; black LGBTQ people,
hetero/homonormativity and the public sphere.

In addition to knowing all concepts presented in class lecture, students will:
1) be expected to be active and regular contributors to class discussions, 2)
write regular critical response papers selected from course readings (possibly
6 in total), 3) prepare critical questions for and lead at least one day of
discussion, 4) a presentation on an issue related to course content and a final
research paper or other project to be decided on in consultation with and
approved by the professor.

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