I’m super excited to share a draft of the syllabus for Black Womanhood, the course I’m teaching with Martha Jones this spring! See below for the list of readings and feel free to tweet at us (@jmjafrx and @marthasjones_) if you decide to read alongside us. We would love to hear from you.
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Black womanhood readings with bonus images after the jump. Enjoy.
Black Womanhood (AS.100.713.01)
A course designed by Jessica Marie Johnson and Martha S. Jones
Version: Spring 2017, Johns Hopkins University
Course description: What does a usable history of black womanhood (black queer and trans womanhood inclusive) look like? Black women’s history across time and space.
January 31. Week 1. Black Womanhood.
Saidiya Hartman, “Venus in Two Acts,” Small Axe 12, no. 2 (June 2008): 1-14.
Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley. “Black Atlantic, Queer Atlantic: Queer Imaginings of the Middle Passage.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 14, no.2 (2008): 191–215.
Jennifer L. Morgan, “Some Could Suckle over Their Shoulder”: Male Travelers, Female Bodies, and the Gendering of Racial Ideology, 1500-1770,” William and Mary Quarterly 54, no. 1 (January 1997), 167-192.
Hortense J. Spillers, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book,” Diacritics 17, no. 2 (Summer 1987): 64-81.
February 7. Week 2. Middle Passages.
Sowande’ M. Mustakeem, Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage (University of Illinois Press, 2016.)
Barbara Bush, “‘Daughters of Injur’d Africk’: African Women and the Transatlantic Slave Trade,” Women’s History Review 17, no. 5 (December 2008): 673-698.
Rhoda E. Reddock. “Women and Slavery in the Caribbean: A Feminist Perspective.” Latin American Perspectives 12, no.1 (1985): 63–80.
Online Roundtable: Sowande’ Mustakeem’s Slavery at Sea. AAIHS: Black Perspectives. http://www.aaihs.org/online-roundtable-sowande-mustakeems-slavery-at-sea/
February 14. Week 3 – The Archives.
Marisa J. Fuentes, Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive (University of Pennsylvania Press 2016.)
Rebecca J. Scott and Jean Michel Hébrard, Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation (Harvard University Press 2013.)
Riley Snorton, Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, 1 edition (Minneapolis: Univ Of Minnesota Press, 2017), Introduction.
Kathleen M. Brown, Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia (Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press 1996.)
February 21. Week 4. Black Femmescapes.
Emily Clark, The Strange History of the American Quadroon: Free Women of Color in the Revolutionary Atlantic World (University of North Carolina Press 2013.)
Joan (Colin) Dayan, “Erzulie: A Women’s HIstory of Haiti,” Research in African Literatures 25, no. 2 (Summer 1994): 5-31.
Charles Theonia and Julieta Salgado, eds. Femmescapes, Volume 2.
Lydia Maria Francis Child, “The Quadroons,” in Fact and Fiction: A Collection of Stories (New York: C.S. Francis, 1847.)
Hilary Jones, The Metis of Senegal: Urban Life and Politics in French West Africa (Indiana University Press 2013.)
February 28. Week 5. Power and Precarity.
Dionne Brand, “San Souci,” in Sans Souci and Other Stories (Firebrand 1989).
Thavolia Glymph, Out of the House of Bondage: The Formation of the Plantation Household (Cambridge University Press 2008.)
Harriet Jacobs (Linda Brent,) Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Written by Herself (For the Author 1861.) On line: http://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/jacobs/jacobs.html
Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman. “The Strangest Freaks of Despotism”: Queer Sexuality in Antebellum African American Slave Narratives.” African American Review 40, no.2 (2006): 223–37.
March 7th. Week 6. Tera Hunter.
Tera Hunter, To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War (Harvard 1997.)
Tera Hunter, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in the Nineteenth Century (Harvard University Press 2017.)
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, The Case for National Action: The Negro Family (Department of Labor 1965.) https://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/history/webid-meynihan.htm
March 8-9: Black Marriage Symposium
March 9: Love and Marriage in Slavery’s Archive: A Workshop with Tera Hunter (co-sponsored by the Sex and Slavery Lab)
Required. Register: https://terahunterlab.eventbrite.com
March 14. Week 7. The Field.
Field Trip – TBA
March 28. Week 8. Motherhoods.
Sasha Turner, Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing and Slavery in Jamaica (University of Pennsylvania Press 2017.)
Nicole Ivy. “Bodies of Work: A Meditation on Medical Imaginaries and Enslaved Women.” Souls 18(2016): 11–31.
Brenda E. Stevenson. “The Question of the Slave Female Community and Culture in the American South: Methodological and Ideological Approaches.” Journal of African American History (2007): 74–95.
Saidiya Hartman. “The Belly of the World: A Note on Black Women’s Labors.” Souls 18, no.1 (2016): 166–73.
April 4. Week 9. Resistance.
Aisha K. Finch, Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844 (University of North Carolina Press 2016.)
Natasha Lightfoot, “‘Their Coats Were Tied Up Like Men’: Women Rebels in Antigua’s 1858 Uprising,” Slavery & Abolition 31, no. 4 (December 2010): 527-545.
Elsa Barkley Brown. “Negotiating and Transforming the Public Sphere: African American Political Life in the Transition From Slavery to Freedom.” Public Culture 7, no.1 (1994): 107–46.
Thavolia Glymph, “Rose’s War and the Gendered Politics of a Slave Insurgency in the Civil War,” Journal of the Civil War Era 3, no. 4 (December 2013): 501-532.
April 11. Week 10. Rememory.
Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Balm: A Novel (Amistad 2016.)
Rae Paris, Forgetting Tree: A Rememory (Wayne State University Press 2017.)
April 18. Week 11. Carcerality.
Talitha LeFlouria, Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (University of North Carolina 2015.)
Katherine McKittrick, “Plantation Futures,” Small Axe 17, no. 3 (2013): 1-15.
April 25. Week 12. “The Black Woman.”
Brittney C. Cooper, Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press 2017.)
Treva B. Lindsey, Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, DC (University of Illinois Press 2017.)
Hallie Q. Brown, Homespun Heroines and Other Women of Distinction (Adeline Publishing 1926.) On line: http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/brownhal/brownhal.html
Leslie Brown. “How a Hundred Years of History Tracked Me Down,” In Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower, edited by Deborah Gray White (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008.)
May 2. Week 13. Endings. New Beginnings.
Sarah J. Jackson, Moya Bailey, Brooke Foucault Welles, “#GirlsLikeUs: Trans Advocacy and Community Building Online,” New Media & Society (June 2017).
I’Nasah Crockett, ““Raving Amazons”: Antiblackness and Misogynoir in Social Media.” Modelview Culture. On line: https://modelviewculture.com/pieces/raving-amazons-antiblackness-and-misogynoir-in-social-media.
Alicia Garza, “A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza,” The Feminist Wire (blog), October 7, 2014. On line: http://www.thefeministwire.com/2014/10/blacklivesmatter-2/