Introduction

Hello All,

I’m a MFA Poetry first year with a particular interest in Black women and labor, specifically as it relates to garments and inherited objects.

I’m taking this class because I’m interested in reading literature from many different countries. I’m interested in the literary results of political clashes; too, it would be interesting/useful to track patterns as they relate to class, race, gender, and sexuality. I want exposure to differing prose styles. Also, I want to read about the Black experience globally. I’ll be taking this class at the same time as Brinkmeyer’s Southern Literature, and I’m hoping to see more clearly some of the connections and read more regarding the Global South.

In the last few years I’ve read Chimamanda Ngozi Adicie’s Purple Hibiscus, Camara Laye’s the Radiance of the King,  and Mariama Ba’s So Long a Letter, and frankly it’s become clear that I need to read many more histories to contextualize the literary fiction and the poety I engage with. The critical readings in this course and the referents in them will point me to some useful information.

I’m looking forward to working with you all and to hearing how you’ll incorporate what we encounter in the readings into your work.

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