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Tracy Sharpley-Whiting

Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting

Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and French

18th and 19th century literature and culture, Jazz Age, Black Diaspora Women Writers. Director of African American Studies. Director of the Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies.  email





Ph.D. Brown


Research Interests

Professor Sharpley-Whiting teaches comparative diasporic literary and cultural movements, Francophone Studies, critical race studies, feminist theory, Jazz Age Paris, film and hip hop culture. Her books include Negritude Women (2002), Black Venus: Sexualized Savages, Primal Fears, and Primitive Narratives in French (1999), Frantz Fanon: Conflicts and Feminisms (1998). She has co-edited three volumes, the latest of which includes The Black Feminist Reader (Blackwell, 2000). She is currently working on two books, one on young black women and hip hop culture and the other on black women in Paris from the 17th to the 19th centuries.