Clenora Hudson-Weems

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Research and teaching areas:
Africana studies

Clenora Hudson-Weems is the author of Africana Womanist Literary Theory (Africa World Press, 2004), Emmett Till: The Sacrificial Lamb of the Civil Rights Movement (Bedford, 1994), and Africana Womanism: Reclaiming Ourselves (Bedford, 1993). The last two are the subject of an interview in The American Audio Prose Library (1995). She is also author of numerous book chapters and articles, co-author with Wilfred D. Samuels of Toni Morrison (Prentice Hall, 1990), has chapters and articles in Call and Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition; Out of the Revolution: The Development of Africana Studies; and A Historical and Bibliographical Guide to the African American Experience. She edited Contemporary Africana Theory and Thought: A Guide to Africana Studies (Africa World Press, 2005) and is the guest editor for a special issue on Africana Womanism for the Western Journal of Black Studies (Fall 2001). Her current works are Emmett: Passion for Truth, a feature-length movie script with Barry Morrow, Oscar Award Winning writer for "Rain Man," and Soul Mates, a novel. A recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Ford Fellowships, she was awarded the Toni Morrison Society Book Award. In 2000, she initiated and launched the nation's first Africana Concentration (Africana Literature, Literary Criticism and Theory) for graduate degrees (MA and PhD) in English.


PhD 1988, University of Iowa

Selected Publications

  • Clenora Hudson-Weems. "Africana Womanism: Black Feminism, African Feminism, Womanism." Black Studies: From the Pyramids and Pan Africanism and Beyond Ed. William "Nick" Nelson, Jr. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006.
  • Clenora Hudson-Weems, ed.Contemporary Africana Theory and Thought: A Guide to Africana Studies (Africa World Press, 2005)
  • Clenora Hudson-Weems. Africana Womanist Literary Theory (Africa World Press, 2004)
  • Clenora Hudson-Weems. "Africana Womanism: Entering the New Millennium." State of the Race, Creating our 21st Century: Where Do We Go From Here? Eds. Jemadari Kamara and T. Menelik Van Der meer. Boston: Diaspora Press of America, 2004.

Courses Taught

  • English 2400: Introduction to Anglophone Africana Literature
  • English 4060/7060: Studies in Critical Theory
  • English 4420/7420: Africana Womanism