The Black Woman Native Speaking Subject: Reflections of a Black Female Professor in Canada

  • Andrea A. Davis York University
Keywords: Blacks in Canada, Caribbean diaspora, gender representations

Abstract

This paper interweaves literary and feminist theories alongside personal life stories to demonstrate the collapse of the boundaries of the personal and the intellectual in the pedagogical practices of Black female professors. The paper suggests that acknowledging the precariousness of performing one’s Blackness in university classrooms presents new possibilities for shared learning.

 

Résumé

Cet article entrelace des théories littéraires et féministes avec des récits de vie personnels pour démontrer l’effondrement des frontières entre la sphère privée et le domaine intellectuel dans les pratiques pédagogiques des femmes professeures noires. L’article suggère que la reconnaissance de la précarité de la manifestation de la négritude dans les classes d’université présente de nouvelles possibilités d’apprentissage partagé.

Author Biography

Andrea A. Davis, York University

Andrea Davis is an associate professor of literary and cultural studies and Chair of the Department of Humanities at York University in Toronto. She is also the coordinator of the Black Canadian Studies Certificate and research fellow of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas.

Published
2018-08-03
Section
39.1 Conversation