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Dawn Duke

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
617 McClung Tower

Phone: (865) 974-7006
E-Mail: dduke1@utk.edu


Dawn Duke is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. She is Chair of the Portuguese Program, one of the administrators of the Africana Studies Program, and faculty in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. Her graduate studies were completed at UNICAMP, the University of Guyana, and the University of Pittsburgh where she completed her PhD in 2003. Her research focuses on Afro-Latin American Literature with a special interest in women's writings. Her book, Literary Passion, Ideological Commitment: Toward a Legacy of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian Women Writers (Bucknell University Press, 2008) proposes a tradition of Afro-Hispanic and Afro-Brazilian women's writings initiated primarily during the nineteenth century and continuing with ever-increasing success into the twenty-first century. In 2016 she published A escritora afro-brasileira: ativismo e arte literária, (Nandyala Press), an edited volume of interviews, essays and literature by Brazilian women writers.

BOOK

  • Literary Passion, Ideological Commitment: Toward a Legacy of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian Women Writers. Lewisburg PA: Bucknell University Press, 2008.

ARTICLE

  • “So What if She Can’t Dance: a Testimony from the Afro-Cuban Woman.” PALARA: Publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association. Fall 2019, Issue 23. 33-41.
  • “The Black Studies Program at the University of Tennessee: Perspectives from an Ex-Program Director.” Educação Unisinos. 23, 1 (janeiro-março 2019): 8-20.
  • “In Poetic Memory of Zumbi’s Palmares and Abdias do Nascimento Quilombismo.” Aletria: Revista de Estudos de Literatura. 28, 4 (2018): 11-29.
  • “ “Follow Me” and My Footsteps in Baraguá: Caribbean Influences in Afro-Cuban Women’s Literature and Film.” Cincinnati Romance Review.  40 (Spring 2016): 87-105.
  • “An Overview of Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Women’s Narratives: Propositions of Analysis.” PALARA. Publication of the Afro-Latin American Research Association. 17 (Fall 2013): 36-46.
  • Literatura afro-femenina en la República Dominicana. ¿Una indefinitud que la define?Revista Iberoamericana.  LXXIX, 243 (abril-junio 2013): 559-576.
  •  “Beyond the Quilombo. The State of Zumbi’s “Palmares” According to the Poets.” Obsidian III. Literature in the African Diaspora.  13, 1 (Spring/Summer 2012): 37-60. 
  •  “La mujer negra y el popularismo cubano en María Antonia de Eugenio Hernández Espinosa.” Revista de Lenguas Modernas. 17 (julio-diciembre 2012): 23-39.
  • “Black Movement Militancy in Panama: SAMAAP’s Reliance on an Identity of West Indianness.” Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies. 5, 1 (March 2010): 75-83.
  • “O Desenrolar de uma Literatura Afro-Brasileira Comprometida.Conexão Movimento Negro para Movimento Negro Literário.” Ethnos Brasil.6, 1 (jun. 2008): 81-95.
  • “Así se va aclarando: Construcciones imaginarias de generaciones de mujeres negras en Vejigantes y Tenda dos Milagres.Negritud: Revista de Estudios Afro-Latinoamericanos.  1 (nov. 2007): 243-263.
  • “Poetic Valuing of the Female Self. Selected Women’s Writings from Brazil, Cuba and Guyana.” Obsidian III. Literature in the African Diaspora.  6, 1 (Spring/Summer 2005): 90-111.
  • “Poetic Valuing of the Female Self. Selected Women’s Writings from Brazil, Cuba and Guyana.” Utah Foreign Language Review, Race, Ethnicity and Literature. XIV (June 2005):69-87.
  • “Alzira Rufino and Miriam Alves: Afro-Brazilian Writers/Activists and Issues of Race, Gender, Class, and Writing.” África.  22/23 (1). 1999/2000/2001. (September 2004): 267-278.
  • “Alzira Rufino’s Casa de Cultura da Mulher Negra as a Form of Female Empowerment: A Look at the Dynamics of a Black Women’s Organization in Brazil Today.” Women’s Studies International Forum. 26, 4 (July-August 2003): 357-368.
  • “O Contraste Hierárquica na Poesia Afro-Brasileira: A Militância do Cuti (Luiz Silva).” Pterodáctilo: Subterráneos.  2, 1 (otoño 2002): 34-43.
  • “From Past to Present. Poetic Homage to Distant and Recent Memory. Grace Nichols, Alzira Rufino and Nancy Morejón.” Osamayor. VII, 14 (2002): 28-57.
  • Apariciones: dimensiones de la sexualidad y la escritura en la figura femenina.” Sodalitas. 1 (January 2002). 61-81.
  • “Rejecting Backyardism: Revolutionary Solidarity in Nancy Morejón’s Cuaderno de Granada.Hybrido. Arte y Literatura.  V, 5 (2001): 61-66.
  •  “Hidden Sensations of Strength in Afro-Brazilian Writings.” Ciberletras. 2 (February 2000) <www.lehman.cuny.edu/ciberletras>.
  • Others.

CHAPTERS

  • “María Damasa Jova: ¿la primera delegada negra de la República?”, Oilda Hevia Lanier y Daisy Rubiera Castillo (compiladoras): Emergiendo del silencio: mujeres negras en la Historia de Cuba. Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, La Habana, 2016. 246-266.
  • “Introdução: Narrativas Afrofemininas no Brasil.” A Escritora Afro-Brasileira:Ativismo e Arte Literária. Ed. Dawn Duke. Belo Horizonte: Nandyala, 2016. 11-32.
  • “The Triumph Within: Carolina Maria de Jesus and Strategies for Black Female
  • Empowerment in Brazil.” Critical Perspectives on Afro-Latin American  Literature. Ed. Antonio Tillis. New York, Oxford: Routledge, 2012. 184-205.“
  • From “Yélida” to Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas: Gendering Problems of Whiteness in the Dominican Republic.” At Home and Abroad: Historicizing Twentieth-Century Whiteness in Literature and Performance. Ed. La Vinia Delois Jennings. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2009. 61-92.
  • “How She Strikes Back: Images of Female Strength in Esmeralda Ribeiro’s Writing.” The Afro-Brazilian Mind. Eds. Niyi Afolabi et.al. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2007. 99-120.

EDITOR

  • Celluloid Chains: Slavery in the Americas through Film. Editors: Rudy Alcocer, Kristen Block, Dawn Duke,University of Tennessee Press. 2018.
  • A Escritora Afro-Brasileira: Ativismo e Arte Literária. Editor: Dawn Duke. Belo Horizonte: Nandyala, 2016.
  • Artefatos da Cultura Negra no Ceará. Formação de Professores. Editors: Henrique Cunha Junior Cicera Nunes, Reginaldo Ferreira Domingos, Maria Saraiva da Silva, Rita de Cassia Felix Batista, Dawn Alexis Duke, Juliana de Holanda. Fortaleza, Ceará: Universidade Federal do Ceará et. al., 2013.

BOOK REVIEWS

  • Oshun’s Daughters: The Search for Womanhood in the Americas. W. K. Valdes. In: Hispania. 98, 4 (December 2015): 838-839.
  • Disconnect Desencuentro, N. Alonso. In: Hispania. 96, 4 (December 2013): 804.
  • Considering Woman I & II. Short Stories, V. Pollard. In: Caribbean Writer. Literary Gem of the Caribbean. 26 (2012): 229-231.
  • Caribbean Perspective on Modernity – Returning Medusa’s Gaze, M. C. Fumagalli. In: Caribbean Writer. 25 (2011): 381-384.
  • Writing Identity. The Politics of Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Literature by E. K. F. Oliveira. In: Ellipsis. 8 (2010): 159-161.

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

ENCYCLOPEDIA AND DICTIONARY ENTRIES

  • “Miriam Alves” (vol.1, 81-82), Geni Guimarães (vol.2, 483-4), Esmeralda Ribeiro (vol.3, 801-2), Alzira Rufino (vol. 3, 808-9).”  In: The Encyclopedia of African Diaspora: Origins Experiences, and Culture. Ed. Carole Boyce Davies. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, Inc. 2008.
  • “Black Feminism in Brazil.” In: Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Ed. John Hartwell  Moore. Detroit: MacMillan Reference USA. Vol.1. 2008, 193-195.
  • Research Assistant. The Caribbean Multilingual Dictionary of Flora, Fauna and Foods in English, French, French Creole and Spanish. Jeannette Allsopp. Kingston, Jamaica: Arawak Publications. 2003.

TRANSLATIONS

  • “Those Who Go,” Nexus,” and “Manjuarí.” Nancy Morejón. From Cuba. Boundary 2. 29, no. 3 (Fall 2002):159-162.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES, PRESENTATIONS, INVITATIONS

  • Invitation. “Programa de estudos negros na universdade do tennessee perspectivas de uma ex-diretora do programa.”  X Artefatos da Cultura Negra. Universidade Regional do Cariri, Ceará, Brazil. September 20-30, 2019. 1) Film Discussant, “Pelo Malo,” Venezuela 2013, Sept. 26, 2019. 2) Panel Discussion and Graduate Students’ Presentations: “Africanidades e as encruzilhadas na contemporaneidade,” Sept. 28, 2019. 3) Cinema Debate, “Calypso Rose” Trinidad & Tobago 2011, Sept. 27, 2019. 4) Conference paper, “Programa de Estudos Negros na Universdade de Tennessee: Perspectivas de uma ex-diretora do programa.” Sept. 27, 2019.
  •  “Administering the Black Studies Program at a Historically White Institution.” Nineteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations. University of Patras, Greece. June 5-7, 2019.
  • “Administración académica y el Programa de Estudios Negros de la Universidad de Tennessee: los desafíos y las reconciliaciones.” Coloquio Internacional: Expectativas, logros y desengaños del nuevo milenio en la historia y la cultura de mujeres latinoamericanas y caribeñas. Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba. February 18-22, 2019.
  • Invitation. “Afrocaribenhos e as expressões das escritoras negras.” IV Seminário Internacional das Artes e Seus Territórios Sensíveis (SIATS) 2018: Mapas de um Mundo Ausente. Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil. November 16-18, 2018. Via skype.
  •  “From Violence to Mysticism: Literary Absolutes in Designing Chica da Silva.” LASA 2018. Barcelona, Spain. May 23-26, 2018.
  • “Palenquera Writings: An Afro-Colombian Literary Movement in the Making.” 17th International Conference on Caribbean Literature. Nassau Bahamas, November 1-3, 2017.
  • Invitation. 3 presentations: 1) Ribeiro: o último voo do flamengo 2) João Ganga: na cidade vazia 3) Zezé Gamboa: o  herói. VII Artefatos da Cultura Negra. Universidade Federal do Cariri, Ceará, Brazil. September 16-25, 2016.
  • “The State of the Art.” Book launching: A Escritora Afro-brasileira: Arte e Ativismo Literária. Terreiro Contemporâneo de Arte e Cultura. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. June 17, 2016.
  • “Abdias do Nascimento, Quilombismo, and the Black Consciousness Movement in Brazil.” The Inaugural Pan African Colloquium, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. January 12-15, 2016.
  • Invitation. “The Black Consciousness Movement in Brazil: Cultural and Literary Configurations.” University of Guyana, Guyana. December 10, 2015.
  • “ “Follow Me” and “My Footsteps in Baraguá:” Caribbean Influences in Afro-Cuban Women’s Film and Literature.” Fifteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China. July 15-17, 2015.
  • Invitation. “Las experiencias de una administradora de un programa de estudios negros.” Día Internacional de Lucha Contra la Discriminación Racial. Casa del Alba, La Habana Cuba. March 20, 2015.
  • “Magical Sisterhood: Exploring the Writings of Georgina Herrera and Teresa Cárdenas.” IV International Conference on Afro-Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and Latin American Studies (ICALLAS). University of Ghana, Accra Ghana. August 13-16, 2013.
  • Invitation.  “Guide to PhD Proposal Writing in the Humanities.” Faculty of Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. June 28, 2013.
  • Invitation: “Caribbean Literature.” Two-day seminar, School of Education, Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil. October 5-14, 2012.   
  • “Black Feminist Activism, Lesbianism, and Narrative in Rio de Janeiro:Olhares Diversos: Narrativas Lésbicas.” 54 International Congress of Americanists. July 15-20, 2012. University of Austria, Vienna, Austria.
  • “Beyond Campus. In Preparation for the Future. Más alllá de la universidad. En preparación para el futuro.” Career Talk for Psychology students. Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University, Bluefields, Nicaragua. March 22, 2012.
  • “Aproximaciones a la literatura afro-femenina. Una historia en tres movimientos: Panamá-Costa Rica, Haití-República Dominicana, Cuba-Brasil” Festival del Caribe, Simposio Teórico, Santiago, Cuba. July 7, 2011.
  • “Re-inscribing Greatness: Literary and Militant Approaches to Female Historical

 

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