Kimberly Brown, Ph.D

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Associate Professor
knbrown@vcu.edu

Kimberly Nichele Brown, Ph.D. is an associate professor specializing in contemporary African American women’s literature and culture, black feminist theory, Africana film, and twentieth century American and Africana literatures.  After receiving her degree in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, Brown went on to become one of the founding members and a director of the Africana Studies Program at Texas A & M University.  Brown’s has published articles dealing with race and representation: i.e., black agency and self-actualization, black subjectivity, the black body, as well as questions of audience and spectatorship. In her book, Writing the Revolutionary Diva: Black Women’s Subjectivity and the Decolonized Text (Indiana University Press, August 2010) Brown examines how African American women since the 1970s have found ways to move beyond the “double consciousness” of what she labels “colonized texts” to develop a subjectivities that combat or move beyond racist expectations of mainstream media.  Brown traces the emergence of this new consciousness from its roots in the Black Aesthetic Movement through important milestones such as the anthology The Black Woman and Essence magazine to the writings of Angela Davis, Toni Cade Bambara, and Jayne Cortez.

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