This essay describes a unique undergraduate survey of African American literature—titled "Black Girl Magic Across Time & Space"—designed to celebrate rather than punish expressive Black girlhood and womanhood.

Author Biography

Fahima Ife is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and affiliated faculty in African and African American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University. She earned her PhD in Languages, Literacies, and Cultures from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She researches and teaches on QTPOC emotional wellness at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class. She is a creative queer Black woman and steady conjurer of her own reality.



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