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The (Un)documented in Black Feminist Thought

ENGL 284.401
crosslisted as: AFRC 286
MW 12-1:30pm
fulfills requirements:
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 5: 19th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major


This course examines narratives of migration and migrants produced by Black feminist thinkers and organizers in order to understand the significance of migration in the development of Black Feminist Thought. We will read a variety of texts by and about writers such as Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Lucy Parsons, Ida B. Wells, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, Toni Morrison, Gayl Jones, Saidiya Hartman, and Ariana Brown alongside canonical texts in Black Feminist Studies in an effort to locate and trace a strand in Black Feminist Thought that is largely unexplored. In centering migration in the study of Black Feminist Thought, this course aims to interrogate how migration is experienced and understood by Black feminist thinkers and organizers, and how Black feminist migration narratives informed the development of a Black feminist consciousness and political agenda.