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FZ-261403-18
The Sisterhood: A Black Women's Literary Organization
Courtney Thorsson, University of Oregon

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"The Sisterhood and Black Women's Literary Organizing" (Invited Talk) (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: "The Sisterhood and Black Women's Literary Organizing" (Invited Talk)
Author: Courtney Thorsson
Abstract: This talk shares the story of a Black women writers' group in late 1970s New York that changed literary history. The Sisterhood worked together to secure publication and publicity for Black women writers as their Black Feminist labor moved from political organizing, to literary organizing, and eventually into the academy.
Date: 02/04/19
Conference Name: University of Georgia Department of English

"The Sisterhood, Literary Organizing, and The Archive" (Invited Talk) (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: "The Sisterhood, Literary Organizing, and The Archive" (Invited Talk)
Author: Courtney Thorsson
Abstract: A 1977 photo of "The Sisterhood," a writers' group in New York in the late 1970s that included June Jordan, Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange, and Alice Walker has circulated as a source of inspiration since it was first published in 2004. This paper tells the story of a research journey from that photo to my book manuscript, The Sisterhood and Black Women's Literary Organizing. Taking my project as a case study, I consider the possibilities and challenges of engaging archives of contemporary African American literature. This paper describes a number of Black Feminist research methods including simultaneously constructing and using archives, engaging Black women writers across genres as theorists, rendering women's work visible, and grappling with loss.
Date: 11/01/19
Conference Name: Symposium, "African American Literature and Culture Now," University of Michigan Department of English


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