Clenora Hudson-Weems

Clenora Hudson-Weems
Professor
213 Tate
573-882-2783
Areas of Study: 
African Diaspora Studies
Research and Teaching: 

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). She is also the guest editor for a special issue on Malcolm X for The Western Journal of Black Studies (Spring 1993). Her current work is "Liberating Emmett--Legacy, Redemption, Forgiveness," a feature-length movie script, mentored by Barry Morrow, Oscar Award Winning writer for Rainman, and based upon her book (2014). 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.

Education: 

PhD 1988, University of Iowa

Select Publications: 
  • Clenora Hudson-Weems. "Establishing Female Competency via Literacy: Relciaming Our Communities: An Africana Womanist Mission." Literacy as Gendered Discourses: Voice of Women in Global Societies (Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2015)
  • Clenora Hudson-Weems. "Forward" and "Ending De-Womanization, De-Feminization and De-Humanization vie Self Naming, Self-Definition and Genuine Sisterhood." Rediscoursing African Womanhood in Search for Sustainable Renaissance: African Womanism in Multi-Disciplinary Approaches (College Press Harare, Zimbabwe, 2012)
  • Clenora Hudson-Weems. "Environmental Racism-- Black Landowners and Katrina in the Making of a New Hilton Head: A Emmett Till Continuum" (Palgrave-Macmillan Publishers, 2009)
  • 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)