Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Josalynn Smith's poster presentation

By Josalynn Smith

My project concerns the discourse that college-educated Black women are engaging with on the blogosphere. Analyzing blogs written by this demographic of Black women shows that blogs can be comparable to the literature Black women create. What connects the two mediums is the “African Aesthetic.”

Some critics consider novels written by Black women to be “autobiographies” because novel writing is privileged and the “African Aesthetic” roots the works of Black women writers in a personal truth. The “African Aesthetic” is seen on contemporary blogs; however, I hypothesize that the blogs are more candid about the authorship and the viewpoints of the writer than the offline print works from Black women. It seems as though the Internet gives Black women unforeseen agency that is not possible in print sources.

AALCI 2014


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