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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Jacqueline Smith

Assistant Instructor

Doctoral Student

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Biography

M.A. American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

Critical Race Theory, Gender Studies, 20th Century Photography, 20th Century African-American History, and Media Studies

AMS 311S • Crit Persp Black Wom's Writing

30745 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am BUR 228
(also listed as AFR 317D, WGS 301 )
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Description

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with black women’s use of written texts and visual culture (photographs, film, mixed media etc.) to document their lived experiences. Students will examine black women’s multiple forms of authorship by surveying their contributions as writers, poets, activists, performers, and visual artists. In doing so, the course will reveal the ways black women engage in critical conversations about popular culture, gender, race, sexuality, violence, and the nation. Additionally, the course invites students to make connections between the assigned texts and broader historical events such as Jim Crow segregation, the Harlem Renaissance, the Cold War, Black Power, Feminism, and Hip-Hop.

By the end of this course, students will be able to do the following: identify black women authors and the significance of their intellectual and artistic production to Black Studies, U.S. history, and Diaspora Studies, analyze the relationship between black women’s writings and historical events, apply historical and theoretical knowledge to contemporary events, evaluate primary and secondary sources, utilize visual sources as historical evidence.   

 

Requirements

Participation: 10%

Oral Presentation: 10%

Midterm (Mini-research paper): 30%

Final-paper Topic Proposal: 15%

Final Project: 35%

 

Possible Texts

Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

Course Packet -- possible texts to be included:

Deborah Willis and Carla Williams, The Black Female Body: A Photographic History

Maxine Craig, Ain’t I A Beauty Queen: Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race 

Gwendolyn Du Bois Shaw, Seeing the Unspeakable: The Art of Kara Walker 

Anna Julia Cooper, A Voice from the South

Barbara Smith, et. al, Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology

Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens: Womanist Prose 

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Sista Soulja, The Coldest Winter Ever

 Octavia Butler, Kindred

Harriet Washington, Medical Apartheid

 

Flag(s): Writing

 

AMS 311S • Crit Persp Black Wom's Writing

30750 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm BUR 228
(also listed as AFR 317D, WGS 301 )
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Description

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with black women’s use of written texts and visual culture (photographs, film, mixed media etc.) to document their lived experiences. Students will examine black women’s multiple forms of authorship by surveying their contributions as writers, poets, activists, performers, and visual artists. In doing so, the course will reveal the ways black women engage in critical conversations about popular culture, gender, race, sexuality, violence, and the nation. Additionally, the course invites students to make connections between the assigned texts and broader historical events such as Jim Crow segregation, the Harlem Renaissance, the Cold War, Black Power, Feminism, and Hip-Hop.

By the end of this course, students will be able to do the following: identify black women authors and the significance of their intellectual and artistic production to Black Studies, U.S. history, and Diaspora Studies, analyze the relationship between black women’s writings and historical events, apply historical and theoretical knowledge to contemporary events, evaluate primary and secondary sources, utilize visual sources as historical evidence.   

 

Requirements

Participation: 10%

Oral Presentation: 10%

Midterm (Mini-research paper): 30%

Final-paper Topic Proposal: 15%

Final Project: 35%

 

Possible Texts

Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

Course Packet -- possible texts to be included:

Deborah Willis and Carla Williams, The Black Female Body: A Photographic History

Maxine Craig, Ain’t I A Beauty Queen: Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race 

Gwendolyn Du Bois Shaw, Seeing the Unspeakable: The Art of Kara Walker 

Anna Julia Cooper, A Voice from the South

Barbara Smith, et. al, Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology

Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens: Womanist Prose 

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Sista Soulja, The Coldest Winter Ever

 Octavia Butler, Kindred

Harriet Washington, Medical Apartheid

 

Flag(s): Writing

 

AMS 311S • Crit Persp Black Wom's Writing

29495 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm BUR 228
(also listed as AFR 317D, WGS 301 )
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Description

                  The objective of this course is to familiarize students with black women’s use of written texts and visual culture (photographs, film, mixed media etc.) to document their lived experiences. Students will examine black women’s multiple forms of authorship by surveying their contributions as writers, poets, activists, performers, and visual artists. In doing so, the course will reveal the ways black women engage in critical conversations about popular culture, gender, race, sexuality, violence, and the nation. Additionally, the course invites students to make connections between the assigned texts and broader historical events such as Jim Crow segregation, the Harlem Renaissance, the Cold War, Black Power, Feminism, and Hip-Hop.

                  By the end of this course, students will be able to do the following: identify black women authors and the significance of their intellectual and artistic production to Black Studies, U.S. history, and Diaspora Studies, analyze the relationship between black women’s writings and historical events, apply historical and theoretical knowledge to contemporary events, evaluate primary and secondary sources, utilize visual sources as historical evidence.   

 

Possible Texts

Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

Course Packet -- possible texts to be included:

Deborah Willis and Carla Williams, The Black Female Body: A Photographic History

Maxine Craig, Ain’t I A Beauty Queen: Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race

Gwendolyn Du Bois Shaw, Seeing the Unspeakable: The Art of Kara Walker

Anna Julia Cooper, A Voice from the South

Barbara Smith, et. al, Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology

Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens: Womanist Prose

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Sista Soulja, The Coldest Winter Ever

Octavia Butler, Kindred

Harriet Washington, Medical Apartheid

 

Flag(s): Writing

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