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

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 00:08
[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

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 23:05
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

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:11
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

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 09:45
  [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

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 10:40
  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.
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