HBW Black Literary Suite Talk - with Dawn Duke

Dawn Duke

Dr. Duke is an Associate Professor in the Spanish and Portuguese program within the Modern Languages Department, chair of the Portuguese Language and Literatures, an administrator of the Africana Studies Program, and faculty in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at the University of Tennessee. Her research focuses on Afro-Latin American Literature with a special interest in women's writing. Dr. Duke is the author of Literary Passion, Ideological Commitment: Toward a Legacy of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian Women Writers (Bucknell University Press, 2008) and editor of A Escritora Afro-Brasileira: Ativismo e Arte Literária (Nandyala Press, 2016).

In her talk for HBW’s Black Literary Suite, she will discuss her upcoming book, Mayaya Rising: Black Female Icons in Latin American and Caribbean Literature and Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2023), which celebrates Afro-Latina Heroines in Latin America and the Caribbean.

To register for the event, please follow this link: Dawn Duke Registration Link.

Dr. Dawn Duke
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Alderson Room - Kansas Union

Event will be held in person and virtually.
Reception with refreshments to follow.

Co-sponsored by the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Spanish & Portuguese Department, and the English Department.

The Black Literary Suite (BLS) is HBW's bi-annual program intended to educate the campus community on lesser-known figures in literature and the arts. The program serves as an opportunity for HBW’s student staff to refine their research skills by planning the event, which is directed at an undergraduate student audience but also welcomes graduate students, faculty, and community members. Scheduled for Latinx History Month, this year’s BLS features an on-campus talk, a digital exhibit, and a podcast interview highlighting Afro-Latinx writers and cultural production.

Publications by Dr. Duke to Explore:

Literary Passion, Ideological Commitment: Toward a Legacy of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian Women Writers. Bucknell University Press, 2008.

Mayaya Rising: Black Female Icons in Latin American and Caribbean Literature and Culture. Rutgers University Press, 2023

“‘Follow Me’ and My Footsteps in Baraguá: Caribbean Influences in Afro-Cuban Women’s Literature and Film.” Cincinnati Romance Review.  40 (Spring 2016): 87-105.

“An Overview of Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Women’s Narratives: Propositions of Analysis.” PALARA. Publication of the Afro-Latin American Research Association. 17 (Fall 2013): 36-46.

“Literatura afro-femenina en la República Dominicana. ¿Una indefinitud que la define?” Revista Iberoamericana. LXXIX, 243 (abril-junio 2013): 559-576.

“Beyond the Quilombo. The State of Zumbi’s “Palmares” According to the Poets.” Obsidian III. Literature in the African Diaspora. 13, 1 (Spring/Summer 2012): 37-60.

“La mujer negra y el popularismo cubano en María Antonia de Eugenio Hernández Espinosa.” Revista de Lenguas Modernas. 17 (julio-diciembre 2012): 23-39.

"Poetic Valuing of the Female Self. Selected Women’s Writings from Brazil, Cuba and Guyana.” Utah Foreign Language Review, Race, Ethnicity and Literature. XIV (June 2005): 69-87.

“Alzira Rufino and Miriam Alves: Afro-Brazilian Writers/Activists and Issues of Race, Gender, Class, and Writing.” África. 22/23 (1). 1999/2000/2001. (September 2004): 267-278.

“Alzira Rufino’s Casa de Cultura da Mulher Negra as a Form of Female Empowerment: A Look at the Dynamics of a Black Women’s Organization in Brazil Today.” Women’s Studies International Forum. 26, 4 (July-August 2003): 357-368.

A Escritora Afro-Brasileira: Ativismo e Arte Literária. Editor: Dawn Duke. Belo Horizonte: Nandyala, 2016.


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