Their Eyes Were Watching God at 80: The Season for Black Love

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[By: Dr. Maryemma Graham] In one of the most memorable scenes in Zora Neale Hurston’s now-classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Granny asks Janie, the child she is about to send off to marry, “Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate.” The quote is a mere 20 pages into the novel after Janie has begun to recount her life adventures to her […]

Shut Up In My Bones: a digital poem – a remix

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A digital poem from HBW Alum Dr. DaMaris Hill: Shut Up In My Bones: a digital poem – a remix from D Hill on Vimeo. “I recently completed a poetry manuscript entitled A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing. Many of the poems detail the violent consequences black women endure while engaged in individual and collective acts of protest and resistance. My grandmother’s picture and a […]

Open letter to the KU Community

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On behalf of the Project on the History of Black Writing (3114 Wescoe), let me welcome newcomers and returning students to KU for the 2017-2018 school year.  You know by now we at KU are in the midst of heated debates, but you should also know that this is the reality of academia. That said, I would like to commend those students for their brave […]

Critical Reception of African-American Women Writers in Mainland China

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  [By: Lili Wang] With widespread interest in Western literature in the early 1980s, Chinese literary scholars began to actively engage American writers, giving rise to a boom in the translation of American literature. This boom also generated a reciprocal relationship between African-American women writers and China. The introduction of African-American women writers and the translation of their works soon became a central component of […]

Screentime: Wonder Woman

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  This summer, HBW Board Member and KU Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Dr. Ayesha Hardison sat down with KCUR to discuss the blockbuster Wonder Woman, feminism, and much more. Check out the interview here.

Summer 2017 Reading List: Black Girlhood, A Selected List of Recent Books

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Compiled by Kathleen E. Bethel, African American Studies Librarian & Liaison for Gender & Sexuality Studies – Northwestern University Libraries*   Abraham, Nana. For Black Girls: The Shaping of a Young Woman. Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press, 2016. Adewole, Candice A. The Black Girl’s Guide to Being Blissfully Feminine. [s.l.]: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016. Boylorn, Robin M. Sweetwater: Black Women and Narratives of Resilience. New York: Peter Lang, […]

Summer 2017 Reading List: African American Fiction

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Selected by Kathleen E. Bethel, African American Studies Librarian – Northwestern University Libraries   Alers, Rochelle. The Inheritance. New York: Dafina Books, 2017. Benjamin, J M. Memoirs of an Accidental Hustler. Farmingdale, NY: Urban Books, 2017. Billingsley, ReShonda and Victoria C. Murray. A Blessing & a Curse. NY: Gallery Bks, 2017. Brown, Tracy. Boss. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2017. Childress, Alice, Roxane Gay, and Trudier Harris. Like One of the […]