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ERIC Number: EJ1006552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Teaching Analysis and Agency Using Racist and Sexist Imagery: Implications for Cultural Studies in the College Classroom
Nicol, Donna J.
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v22 n2 p89-107 2012
Black Women in America is an upper-division elective course for students majoring in African American or women's studies at California State University Fullerton (CSUF). The author has taught this course at CSUF at least once a year since 2002 and have changed the course readings, lectures, and assignments on a regular basis. In April 2007, however, when American radio personality Don Imus created a national controversy by referring to the Rutgers women's basketball team, whose players were predominantly Black, as a group of "nappy-headed hos," the author was provoked to completely overhaul her approach to teaching this course. It was clear that her students did not fully understand the complicated cultural issues raised by Imus's comments. This article describes how the author incorporated visual images of Black women in media and culture to help her students challenge narrow, false, and distorted depictions of Black women's daily lives. It further explains her intellectual rationale for the particular course goals, objectives, and pedagogical tools she took up using a three-pronged approach to cultural studies analysis. Finally, this article showcases some of her students' work, which demonstrates how students can use their analytical skills to promote Black women's agency. (Contains 4 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California