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478. Black Feminist Theory in the Age of Michelle Obama

Thursday, 5 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Independence West, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Joycelyn K. Moody, Univ. of Texas, San Antonio

1. "Marriage, Michelle, Mahogany: The Post-Civil-Rights Black Female Professional," Miriam Thaggert, Univ. of Iowa

2. "A Semiotics of (Online) Desire: Michelle Obama and the Politics of Aspiration," Koritha Mitchell, Ohio State Univ., Columbus

3. "Black Women State of the Union and the Precarities of Black Womanhood after 2008," Erica Edwards, Univ. of California, Riverside


  • American Literature – General

Author Comment
Subject: Excellent Panel!
This was actually my favorite session among those I attended this year! All of the presenters projected their voices well, and the visual images they used were clear and enhanced their statements. The three speakers all gave different kinds of approaches, but the overall panel had a wonderful unity. I was especially intrigued by Koritha Mitchell's discussion of THE HELP as a kind of "know your place" aggression to counteract the presence of a descendent of African American slaves as First Lady of the United States. Fascinating!!! (I really never understood why that novel and the film became so wildly popular. This explanation works for me.)