Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Henkel 107

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Papabodies, or No Room for Dad?

Thanks to classmate Brittanie Friend-Lee for sending me this interesting blog post "Moms Don't Understand." It brings up the tensions inherent in our class talks about marginalization. The writer, a straight, white man, feels excluded because a mom's group won't let him join even though he's a fully involved parent.

Yet he belongs to a dad's group with no women members.

What kind of space exists for a stay-at-home father in our culture? The question gets more tricky when we consider that a straight white man is privileged in most other cultural contexts. Is there validity and value in having moms groups, dads groups, AND parenting groups?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The "Average Black Girl"

Notice the way Ernestine Johnson plays with the moniker "Average Black Girl" in her spoken word performance below. Let's discuss the ways she uses "average" and how that adjective is raced. How does Johnson's argument work in the context of our class?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Badass Feminists; Watch and Discuss

What do we make of the spoken word performance by Belissa Escobedo, Rhiannon McGavin, and Zariya Allen--young feminists, possibly future mamabodies--on Queen Latifa's show? Discuss (with apologies for the advertising embedded in the youtube vid).

And, then, let's discuss their interview with Q:

Badasses? How so? Here's an important question: do badasses necessarily inspire? Do these women inspire you? To do what?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Welcome to Mothering Bodies in Postcolonial African Literature and the Semester of the Badass

Photo: MLB
Welcome to English 399-101 / Women's Studies 400-101: Mothering Bodies in African Literature (AKA Mamabodies)!

Mamabodies is part of a group of four classes this semester that share a common theme: “Semester of the Badass." We’ll study badass African feminist writers and mothering characters (male and female). Other classes will study badass Spanish playwrights, Latino revolutionaries, and global powers. This idea is a creative, innovative, totally new experiment for Shenandoah. I hope you’re as excited about it as we are!

All “Badass” students must register for the co-requisite HUDS 495-101. This “class” does not cost more money or require more class time. It simply designates one Monday evening a month for us to meet with the other three Badass classes for a pizza party and discussion. On those four weeks, we will not meet during our regular Tuesday/Thursday class times. Monday evening sessions are scheduled for 2/2, 3/2, 3/30, 4/27 from 6:30-9:00 p.m.

This course blog is an online extension of our classroom space. It's a paperless way for me to make important course information accessible to you on any Internet-accessible computer. I hope you will explore the current course information supplied here. Be sure to check this blog often for new information useful to your success in this course. I will also use this space to post queries for your response, course announcements, and other news or events of interest to beginning literary scholars. Please feel free to post any initial questions or comments about the course here.

I look forward to working with you this semester.

Dr. Brown