Conference Report: College Language Association, 2016

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This year’s 76th College Language Association convention was held in Houston, TX at the Hyatt Regency, April 6-9. Hosted by Texas Southern University, the University of Houston and Prairie View, the theme for this year, “Dialogues between Africa and African Diaspora in Languages, Literatures, and Films” brought hundreds to present papers and engage in discussions. CLA was founded in 1937 to provide faculty from HBCU’s with a […]

ICYMI: The Last 2 Weeks in Black Writing and Culture (3/26-4/15)

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The works of female artists are being featured in a resurgence of “women’s only” or “group show” exhibitions across the country. Though the practice fell out of favor after the 1970’s and 1980’s, some curators are calling this reviving trend a “curatorial corrective,” while female artists bristle at the thought of a “one and done” mentality that will not shift the overall landscape of the […]

Jamaica Kincaid, the American Book Awards, and the Limits of Autobiography

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[By Meredith Wiggins] On August 14, the 19 honorees for the 2014 American Book Awards were announced.  Among them was Jamaica Kincaid, the Antiguan-American semi-autobiographical novelist and essayist recognized for See Now Then (2013), her first novel since 2002’s Mr. Potter. The American Book Awards recognize “excellence in American literature without restriction or bias with regard to race, sex, creed, cultural origin, size of press […]