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Introduction to Contemporary Black Women’s Writing with Dr. Maria Seger


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What stories have Black women told, and what makes the lyricism with which they’ve told them innovative? Join Dr. Maria Seger for a seminar introducing you to the major themes and styles of contemporary Black women’s writing.

Imaginatively depicting Black histories of slavery and the middle passage, Jim Crow segregation, and contemporary mass incarceration through genres like historical fiction, science fiction, neo-slave narrative, and bildungsroman, contemporary Black women writers engage themes of mothers and daughters, love, and sexuality, freedom and unfreedom, and, indeed, life and death. In this seminar, we’ll discover and explore some of these major themes and styles in literary and historical contexts by examining canonical and award-winning contemporary Black women writers such as Toni Morrison, Yaa Gyasi, Octavia Butler, and Jesmyn Ward.

Led by an expert on Black literature and culture, Dr. Maria Seger, this interactive course will shed light on the rich forms, themes, and legacies of contemporary Black women’s writing. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased ability to engage and appreciate the history, beauty, and nuance of contemporary Black women’s writing.

This seminar is designed to stand alone and as a preview of the upcoming companion five-part book discussion course.

Maria Seger is an assistant professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she researches and teaches US, Black, and ethnic literatures and cultures and critical race and ethnic studies. Her work appears in Callaloo, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Studies in American Naturalism, and her edited collection, Reading Confederate Monuments, is under contract with the University Press of Mississippi. She earned her PhD from the University of Connecticut in 2016.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Dr Seger clearly loves her subject and her presentations are enthusiastic and fun. In this lecture she brings up complex issues and provides excellent explanations and historical tie ins. She is open to questions and welcomes discussion. I have always enjoyed her courses.

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Dr. Seeger is an excellent presenter. I have learned a lot from her in this and other conversations with her. She has a very engaging and welcoming style while presenting very solid information. She has a deep understanding and knowledge about the topics she teaches.

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Black Women's Contemporary Writing

Excellent, as are all of Dr. Seger's seminars. Today's was a great introduction to what I understand will be her book club later this spring. I was very tempted to take it, based on today's seminar.

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Very Enjoyable

Dr Seger clearly loves her subject and her presentations are enthusiastic and fun. In this lecture she brings up complex issues and provides excellent explanations and historical tie ins. She is open to questions and welcomes discussion. I have always enjoyed her courses.

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O.E.
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Dr. Seeger is an excellent presenter. I have learned a lot from her in this and other conversations with her. She has a very engaging and welcoming style while presenting very solid information. She has a deep understanding and knowledge about the topics she teaches.

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P.R.
Black Women's Contemporary Writing

Excellent, as are all of Dr. Seger's seminars. Today's was a great introduction to what I understand will be her book club later this spring. I was very tempted to take it, based on today's seminar.