Welcome to Zora’s Daughters 201, the First Semester of the sophomore year of the podcast! This syllabus is a companion to the first season of the podcast. We have tried to link to open source texts and videos where possible.

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1. Politics and Aesthetics

Required:
Afro Images: Politics, Fashion, and Nostalgia (Angela Davis, 1994)
Corporate America’s $50 billion Promise” (Washington Post, 2021)

Optional:
The Politics of Aesthetics (Jacques Rancière, 2013)

2. Fatphobia

Required:
Fat, Black, and Ugly: The Semiotic Production of Prodigious Femininities (Krystal A. Smalls, 2021)

Optional:
Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness (Da’Shaun L. Harrison, 2021)
The Body Is Not an Apology, Second Edition: The Power of Radical Self-Love (Sonya Renee Taylor, 2021)
Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia (Sabrina Strings, 2019)
Hunger: A Memoir Of (My) Body (Roxane Gay, 2017)
Big Girls Need Love, Too: Dating While Fat (and Feminist) (Brittney Cooper, 2015)

3. Plantation Futures

Required:
Plantation Futures (Katherine McKittrick, 2013)
Borders, Blackness, and Empire (Jemima Pierre, 2021)

Optional:
The Time of Slavery (Saidiya Hartman, 2002)
In The Wake: On Blackness and Being (Christina Sharpe, 2015)
Anthropocene, Capitalocene, …Plantationocene?: A Manifesto for Ecological Justice in an Age of Global Crises (Janae Davis, Alex A. Moulton, Levi Van Sant, Brian Williams, 2019)
Black Feminist Plots before the Plantationocene and Anthropology’s “Regional Closets (Mythri Jegathesan, 2021)
The Plantation, the Postplantation, and the Afterlives of Slavery (American Literature, 2019)

4. Fugitivity

Required:
“Black Feminist Theory and its Wayward Futures”  (Naomi Simmons-Thorne, forthcoming)
Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching (Jarvis R. Givens, 2021)