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766. Black Women's Sexualities in African American Literature and Cultural Production

Sunday, 6 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Independence West, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Joanne M. Braxton, Coll. of William and Mary

Speakers: Kimberly Juanita Brown, Northeastern Univ.; Esther Jones, Clark Univ.; Janaka Lewis, Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte; Trimiko Melancon, Loyola Univ., New Orleans

Session Description:

This roundtable explores representations of black women's sexualities in African American literature and culture to illuminate how black women, through the trope of racialized and gendered sexuality, demonstrate sexual agency despite the historical politics of respectability, silence, and nonconsensual "avenues of access" to black women's bodies.


  • American Literature – General

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