In 1970, Toni Morrison published The Bluest Eye, which prominently features black female children and adolescents, who she considered to be the “most vulnerable, most undescribed, not taken seriously" characters in literature. Since that time, many authors have paid increased attention to black girls in their works; yet, a great deal of these children and adolescents still commonly exist as backstory or props for more centralized adult characters. However, as Afrofuturism offers broadened representations of and opportunities for African Americans in literature, the genre can also extend fundamental freedoms and alternative realities to black girl characters.
Special issue of The Global South: “The Global South and/in the Plantationocene”
Deadline for abstracts: July 1, 2020
Please share and consider submitting to the Call for Papers below - we look forward to receiving girlhood studies contributions related to the Call for Paper's inquiries. ---
PRIORITY DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
Submissions may be in English, Portuguese, and/or Spanish. We will consider multilingual essays and may accept essays in other languages. Please consult the guest editors before submitting in a language other than English, Portuguese, or Spanish.
CFP // EMERGING & DISMANTLING: Feminist Killjoys Confront SSSL’s Past and Present
SSSL: Society for the Study of Southern Literature Biennial Conference
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
SAMLA 91 Special Call for Abstracts: A Toni Morrison Tribute
To honour the late Toni Morrison, SAMLA seeks papers to explore her illimitable legacy as a writer, publisher, intellectual, and citizen. SAMLA welcomes abstracts on any topics germane to Morrison's work and life. Special consideration will be given to abstracts addressing:
- Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' recent documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)
- Morrison's final non-fiction collection The Source of Self-Regard: Essays, Speeches, Meditations (2019)
- Teaching Morrison in the Twenty-First Century
Women Picturing Revolution is pleased to announce a call for papers on the topic of Representations of Black Motherhood and Photography.
Reading in Theory
Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is one of the most frequently taught texts—it appears on syllabi for American literature, African American literature, American history, life writing, and gender or women’s studies courses. It is taught in high schools as well as in colleges and universities. Yet, very few resources are currently available for instructors.
Across the African diaspora, art was a form of expression and liberation at times of widespread cultural oppression, enabling artists of color to resist the tradition of silencing while preserving their histories, traditions, and more in ways that could be passed down intergenerationally. While much art worked to fulfill a political purpose by pushing for equality and liberty in oppressive cultures, other works aimed at achieving liberation by way of celebrating Black cultural forms, from the cutting-edge music of Erykah Badu to that of Janelle Monae.