Associate Professor — Ph.D.
Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies
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AFR 388 • Women Of Color Feminisms
M 900am-1200pm BEL 232
(also listed as
WGS 393 )
“Nothing Less than to Imagine Another System of Value”: Postcolonial Feminism and The Work of Imagination “Calling for a black feminist criticism is to do nothing less than to imagine another system of value, one in which black women have value.” --Grace Hong
Recent postcolonial feminist criticism, including the beautiful new writing of M. Jacqui Alexander and Saidiya Hartman, argues persuasively that to tell meaningful stories of black and brown womanhood—and particularly of women of color’s sexuality—traditional scholarship, and particularly academic work which relies on the archive, can never suffice. While archives may be a point of departure, they posit, scholars must turn to creative methodologies to intuit and imagine narratives of postcolonial women’s freedom: a freedom that has remained an impossibility in official discourses but that must be invented even where it did not exist in the past, in order that it might exist in the future. In this course we will dialogue with recent postcolonial feminist scholarship that explores the particular importance of imaginative work in theorizing the histories, politics, and intimacies that women of color participate in and contest. Focusing on—and challenging the boundary between—imaginative scholarship and creative literary texts as two types of narrative theorizing, this seminar aims to open space for students to experiment with creative methodologies in their own work.
Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route
Jamaica Kincaid, Autobiography of My Mother
Grace Cho, Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War
Jessica Hagedorn, Dream Jungle
M. Jacqui Alexander, Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred
Nalo Hopkinson, The Salt Roads
Gayatri Gopinath, Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures
Shani Mootoo, Valmiki’s Daughter
Kara Keeling, The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, The Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense
Sharon Bridgforth, love conjure/ blues
AFR 372E • Black Women And Dance
MWF 1100am-1200pm MEZ 1.120
(also listed as
WGS 340 )
What does it mean for Black women to dance the guns to silence, as activist-artist Ken Saro Wiwa put it; that is, to use our moving, creative, powerful bodies to respond to the violences of racism and sexism, and to envision new ways of being and moving in the world? This course journeys towards answers to this question by exploring women’s participation in ritual, concert, and social dance in North America, Haiti, Cuba, Brazil. We will work through readings, viewings, and stagings, and interweave text, movement, and action to encourage students’ artistic as well as academic self-expression. Some of the questions we explore include: How can we view and create artistic work while still keeping social justice issues in mind? How do embodied practices become modes of organizing communities? How can we decipher the fragile histories that we carry and move through in our own bodies?
AFR 372C • Postcolonial Women Writers
MWF 200pm-300pm GEA 114
(also listed as
E 370W )
Instructor: Tinsley, O Areas: V / G
Unique #: 35618 Flags: n/a
Semester: Fall 2012 Restrictions: n/a
Cross-lists: AFR 372C, C L 323 Computer Instruction: No
Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.
Description: In September 1995, at the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, participants committed that, by the end of the 20th century, all governments should “determine to advance the goals of equality, development, and peace for all women everywhere in the interest of all humanity.” But after the first decade of the 21st century, have these goals been significantly advanced? How do women across the world view their positions as citizens, migrants, workers, parents, activists, and artists in this new millennium? This course explores answers to these questions by engaging literary work published by postcolonial women writers in the past decade. The creative texts that we consider question whether the effects of imperialism have ended in women’s lives; whether Western feminisms have developed to address Global Southern women’s needs; and what new possibilities for decolonization, feminism, and creativity remain to be explored. Theoretical, historical, and literary readings centering these problematics will challenge students to complicate easy divisions between feminism and postcoloniality, and to think creatively about how relationships between the two inform historical and contemporary cultures of globalization.
Texts: Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I’m Dying; Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother; Chiminanda Adichie, Purple Hibiscus; Calixthe Beyala, How to Cook Your Husband the African Way; Dionne Brand, What We All Long For; Nalo Hopkinson, Midnight Robber.
Requirements & Grading: Class Participation, 15%; Midterm, 25%; Final Paper, 25%, Short Book Reviews (5), 35%.