This is the discussion blog for Black Women Writers, a course in English / Feminist Studies / Race & Ethnicity Studies taught by Dr. Carina Hoffpauir at Southwestern University. This semester we’re reading works by Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Tayari Jones, and Jesmyn Ward. Each week, members of the class will be blogging their reactions to the material and reflecting on related issues and events.
Our course provides an overview of African-American women’s writing in the post civil rights era. In 1977, Barbara Smith in “Toward a Black Feminist Criticism” petitioned for establishing a body of literature that “embodie[d] the realization that the politics of sex as well as the politics of race and class are interlocking factors.” Our analysis will investigate these intersections between race, class, and gender in contemporary black women’s writing, exploring oppression and the assertion of equality. We will also think about the ways in which African American women writers have represented the political goals of the civil rights movement, Black Power, feminism(s), multiculturalism, and globalism.
If you’re in the class, please contribute: 1) a weekly discussion post about your own thoughts; and 2) a response to another classmate’s post. This writing is informal, but should also be respectful. In order to receive credit for the week, you must post before 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.