American Studies | Colloquium in American Studies: Black Women in American History
G620 | 20097 | Myers, A


AMST-G620  Black Women in American
History

Myers, A

T 4-6p

Course meets with H650  & GNDR-G701

Black women’s history is a dynamic and vibrant field within the
discipline of history and is a revealing witness to two intertwined
categories of identity that have operated as defining characteristics
of existence and profoundly shaped the course of American history:
race and gender. The literature of the field is such that it impacts
every other within the broader spectrum of American history and
demands that we confront the complexities of racial identity as that
which is formed in dialogue with gender, class, sexuality, religion,
regional and national affiliation. To this end, we will spend the
semester analyzing some of the field’s most influential literature,
both theoretical and topical, in our examination of black women’s
lives in America from the days of colonial enslavement to the
Present. We will familiarize ourselves with the major debates in the
field of African-American women’s history, analyze the changing
historical conditions under which black women labored for self-
definition and autonomy, and seek to uncover the ways that raced and
gendered identities have been invented and reinvented in the American
context.