ERIC Number: EJ889156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
Seeing History: Malaika Favorite's "Furious Flower Poetry Quilt" Painting and Pan-African Memory
Shanahan, Maureen G.
International Journal of Art & Design Education, v29 n2 p96-102 Jun 2010
Malaika Favorite's "Furious Flower Poetry Quilt" (2004) is an acrylic painting that depicts 24 portraits of leading poets of the African Diaspora. Commissioned by Dr Joanne Gabbin, English professor and director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University, the painting is part of a larger programme of poetry education. The painting's interweaving of the portraits with fragments from the poets' writing functions to create an interactive visual-textual body of poets and poetry, a collection which has been taught at all levels of education from primary school to university. Its quilt structure pays homage to the historic role of women in preserving history and memory. The painting also serves to construct a pan-African identity and collective memory about slavery, African American history and empowerment.
Descriptors: United States History, Poets, African American History, Slavery, Memory, Poetry, Interdisciplinary Approach, Design, College Instruction, Multimedia Materials, African American Culture, African Culture, African American Literature, Portraiture, Painting (Visual Arts)
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