Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Volume 6, Issue 2
spring 2016
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Moe Gardner
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

The Politics of Representation: Visual and Literary Culture and the Black Female Body (WGSS 356 / AFAM 356)

by Joel De Leon '18

Ever since the first session of ‘Representing Black Women’, I have left Professor Carby’s seminar feeling fed intellectually and spiritually. As we move through her artfully crafted syllabus, the richness of an eclectic realm of Black art, which was previously unknown to me, is unfolded by Carby’s experienced eye and unique ability to give word to art. Not only is she knowledgeable and engaging, Hazel Carby is the most generous professor from whom I have had the pleasure to learn. Through her ┬áliaison I have had the chance to meet prominent black artists. Because of the phenomenal reputation that she has maintained as both a professor and a scholar, I have gained access to a world, which I had previously merely dreamed of experiencing. I was lucky to have gained a seat in ‘Representing Black Women’ this semester. The profound acclaim that I humbly give to Professor Carby is seconded only by the thanks I hope I have adequately been able to communicate. Yet still, I feel as though the best of my experiences with Hazel Carby are yet to come. Something about her way of being makes me confident that this is not the last time I will have the pleasure to learn from and alongside her. I surely hope that my time with Carby will not soon cease. Professor Hazel Carby has blessed the lives of myself and those of my peers in ways that we have yet to comprehend. 

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