ERIC Number: ED238820
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
The Culture of Southern Black Women: Approaches and Materials.
Conklin, Nancy Faires; And Others
Designed for teachers and curriculum developers in postsecondary education, this curriculum focuses on traditional modes of creative expression of Southern black women as they relate to broader social and historical phenomena. The first of six sections provides an introduction to the curriculum for teachers. Section 2 examines the Southern black female identity through a presentation of basic concepts and terms and an exploration of the experiences that have shaped the Southern black woman's coming of age. Section 3 traces the roots of this culture from West Africa to the American South and then throughout the United States in order to convey the context in which the creativity of these women has developed. Arts and crafts, music, religious customs, and oral traditions are considered. The essays in section 4 examine each genre of creative expression, considering its West African precedents, cultural continuity, connections with women's life situations within the black community, and individual creativity within the artists themselves. Each of the preceding three sections is composed of two parts: approaches, which offers suggestions for class discussion and student activities; and materials, which contains essays describing the best multidisciplinary scholarship and resources. Section 5 introduces students to fieldwork techniques. A final section lists print and media resources and distributors' addresses. (LP)
Descriptors: Art Expression, Black Achievement, Black Culture, Black Studies, Creativity, Cultural Background, Cultural Influences, Ethnic Studies, Females, Instructional Materials, Postsecondary Education, Regional Characteristics, Social Influences, Units of Study, Womens Education, Womens Studies
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alabama Univ., University. Archive of American Minority Cultures and Women's Studies Program.