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Close Kin & Distant Relatives: Some Thoughts on Family

Folks who know me know that I have family on the brain.  I am writing a book on family as theme in contemporary black women’s literature. Right now I’m also teaching a survey course on African American literature, with family as the guiding theme and this is not the first time I have done so.  Studying how folks write about family has been a major interest of mine since I was in college. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I am one of those people for whom their life’s work is, in some ways, a reflection of the …Read more »

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