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Womanifesto: Black Women Writers in Literature and Music

University of Pennsylvania
Melanie R. Hill

How is the literary voice of the black woman writer musically portrayed? Using Jazz, Gospel, Neo-­Soul, and Hip‐Hop music genres, this course will explore the performance of the black woman’s voice in 20th century literature and music. From writers Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and Natalie Baszile to musicians, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, India Arie, and Nina Simone, we will analyze how these writers/artists used their pens and musical voices to assert social freedom.

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