Washington University in St. Louis students registered for the Freshman Seminar on African American Women’s History: Sexuality, Violence, & the Love of Hip Hop should get prepared for a little bit of fantasy and a lot of African Diaspora history. The Truth About Awiti is part of the required reading list and I cannot wait to speak with students about the novel. Taught by Dr. Sowande Mustakeem, the course description is as follows:
Black women, much like their male counterparts, have shaped the contours of African American history and culture. Still, close study of African American women´s history has burgeoned only within the past few decades as scholars continue to uncover the multi-faceted lives of Black women. This course will explore the lived experiences of Black women in North America through a significant focus on the critical themes of violence and sexuality. We will examine African American women as the perpetrators and the victims of violence, as the objects of sexual surveillance as well as explore a range of contemporary debates concerning the intersections of race, class, and gender, particularly within the evolving hip hop movement. We will take an interdisciplinary approach through historical narratives, literature, biographies, films and documentaries.
I am looking forward to a lively discussion with students and faculty!