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Performing Black Womanhood: Theorizing African American Women's Identity in 20thC Politics & Cultur
AFAM 307
Spring 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENGL 369, AMST 312

African American women's identity is a highly contested social, cultural, and political--not to mention deeply personal--site. Throughout the 20th century, black and white men and white women generated the dominant images of black women in literature, theater, film, music, and the media, casting them as mammy, peola, jezebel, welfare queens, quota queens, and nappy-headed hos. Cultural producers, politicians, and spin doctors have dismissed, castigated, objectified, sexualized, and demonized black women. Yet, simultaneously, black women have defined themselves and fought bitterly to claim control of their bodies, representations, and rights as citizens of the United States.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AFAM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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