Category Archives: fashion

Scholar Fierce: Why go to the African Literature Association Conference

As I look forward to my next project, I am curious about the ways that it bears implications for fields I hadn’t carefully considered. For instance, literature written by Blacks in America has always had a specific national context, but … Continue reading

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Scholar Fierce: What We Can Learn From Sub-Optimal Questions

We tell our students that there is no such thing as a stupid question. On the one hand, that’s true. For that context, there are truly few questions that shouldn’t be asked. In an environment where you’re trying to cultivate … Continue reading

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Political Flesh XIII: Because Perfection Is Not The Issue

In my Literary Theory class, I had long resigned myself to the fact that I could not teach them everything in 12 weeks. As an antidote to leaving many more theories out, I designed a presentation assignment where the students … Continue reading

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The Rogue Vogue Professor Diaries 13

After a few blog posts, I wonder what exactly I am doing by working out my interests in fashion in such a public forum. Lucky 13 seems to be a fortuitous moment to hammer this out. I have had some … Continue reading

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The Rogue Vogue Professor Diaries 12

It has been weeks and I’m still thinking about the “mani-cam” from the Emmy’s. Something about a miniature camera that highlights manicures. It just won’t stay off my mind. Part of what keeps popping in my head is that Mayim … Continue reading

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The Rogue Vogue Professor Diaries 11

The Limited’s Fall campaign pressed us to “unsuit the suit.” They gave us pencil skirts, slouchy sweaters, skinny belts and easy pullover tops. The desire it seems is to make the suit accessible for the young, fashionable ingénue. I’m all … Continue reading

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The Angry Daughters of Elizabeth Keckley

This was originally posted on the SIUE Black Studies Blog. See here. This semester, I am teaching intro to African-American literature 1600s to 1910. I have titled the course “If it Ain’t One Thing, It’s Five Others”: Reading Multiplicity in … Continue reading

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The Rogue Vogue Professor Diaries 9

Clearly, Nick Verreos and I are on the same wavelength. His prediction of the hi-lo trend at this year’s Emmys echoed what I have been wondering for years. How will starlets ever combat the heat and the binding fabric of … Continue reading

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The Rogue Vogue Professor Diaries 8

Be not fooled. I am not like one of those professors featured in the New York Times. I am untenured and early in my career so my extra money goes toward student loans. I cannot afford Proenza Schouler. So, as … Continue reading

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The Rogue Vogue Professor Diaries 7

I was taking a look at Zac Posen’s looks for Spring 13. I can’t tell you how overjoyed I am that he started his runway show with Naomi Campbell. She is a diva to the umpteenth degree. (See here.) The … Continue reading

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