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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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Digging in the Crates: Day 5 in the Octavia Butler Archives at The Huntington

Today was, unfortunately, my last day in the archive. For now. To make matters less difficult, I scheduled myself to look at half a box. That way I knew I could get through it all. I also decided to craft … Continue reading

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Political Flesh XII: The Dynamics of Disclosure

Two events spark this post. First, there was a hashtag on Twitter, #AskToni, where one could ask the R&B singer questions. Most people asked about her new music with Babyface and her family. I asked whether she planned on talking … Continue reading

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Political Flesh XI: Finishing Well

At the end of the semester, I always find it difficult to close a class. We seem to be hurtling toward some strange destination of final exams and final papers. People’s stress sometimes makes it impossible for them to be … Continue reading

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Political Flesh VII: Black Conservatives

Political Flesh VII: Black Conservatives This is part of a blog series related to my upcoming book. I sometimes find myself agog at the way students anticipate my lesson plans. Or rather, the way my students and I seem to … 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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