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Black Female Narration, Self-Definition, & Intersectionality in Brazilian & US Literature

Friday, October 21
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
238 HRCB

Come listen to Jordan Jones, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese in BYU's College of Humanities, discuss "Black Female Narration, Self-Definition, and Intersectionality in Brazilian and US Literature" at this fall 2022 Global Women's Studies Colloquium event.

Recent events throughout the Americas (and the rest of the world) have highlighted the persistence of racial injustice long after the abolition of slavery. This has prompted many individuals and organizations to reflect on their own attitudes and actions in relation to racial justice, and it has increased their receptivity toward black voices and stories. Against that backdrop, this presentation compares the Brazilian novel Por cima do mar (2018) with the US novel The Hate U Give (2017), both of which feature black female narrators. The presentation discusses how their intersecting experiences of race, gender, and class inform the way each protagonist develops and uses her voice to construct positive self-image and identity. It also examines various narrative strategies embedded in the text that appeal to readers’ emotions, inviting them to reconfigure attitudes toward black women and men throughout the Americas.

You can watch this lecture live in 238 HRCB or via Zoom using meeting code 986 8474 5503 and passcode 856210.

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