Barbara T. Christian Literary Award


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Announcing The Barbara T. Christian Literary Award

Barbara T. Christian“What I write and how I write is done in order to save my life. …Literature is a way of knowing that I am not hallucinating, that whatever I feel is. It is an affirmation that sensuality is intelligence, that sensual language is language that makes sense.”
– Barbara T. Christian

Born and raised in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Barbara Christian dedicated her life to challenging ideas about race, gender, class, and epistemology – rejecting the belief that critical theory emanated solely from the West and that African diaspora and Caribbean ways of theorizing were somehow inferior to Eurocentric philosophical concepts.  A committed feminist, Barbara Christian pioneered the birth of black women’s literary criticism and theory.

Established in 2001 to honor the memory of distinguished Caribbean-American black feminist theorist Barbara T. Christian, the award celebrates her intellectual legacy and is given to the best book published over the previous three-year period which explicitly examines the topics of race, gender, sexuality, class and intersectionality.

The CSA has worked with the Christian family to resuscitate this prize, which, we officially relaunched in New Orleans, with a wonderful panel which included: Giselle Anatol, Carole Boyce-Davies, Percy Hintzen, Angelique Nixon, and Gina Ulysse. It was truly inspiring.

Heather Russell immediately assumed the task of serving as committee chair from 2015 to 2017.

In paying homage to Dr. Christian’s intellectual legacy and continuing relevance to the work we do, I am hopeful that we will get many wonderful submissions this year. Monographs from all disciplines and fields of scholarship in the Humanities will be considered. Preference will be given to books written by one or more authors as opposed to edited volumes.

The winner will be announced at the CSA conference. The prize will be diploma and plaque.
​PLEASE SUBMIT TWO (2) BOOKS TO:

Donette A. Francis,
Department of English
University of Miami
1252 Memorial Drive
Ashe Building, Room 410
Coral Gables FL, 33146
305-284-5608
E-mail: d.francis@miami.edu

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS: MARCH 15, 2018.


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Anuncio del Premio Literario Barbara T. Christian

Nacida y criada en los E.U., Islas Vírgenes, Barbara Christian dedicó su vida a desafiar ideas sobre raza, género, clase y epistemologia, rechazando la creencia de que la teoría critica provenía solamente del Occidente y que la diáspora africana y las maneras caribeñas de teorizar eran de cierta forma inferiores a los conceptos filosóficos eurocéntricos. Consumada feminista, Barbara Christian fue pionera del nacimiento de la teoría y crítica literaria de la mujer negra.

Establecido en el 2001 para honrar la memoria de la distinguida teórica negra, feminista, caribeña americana Barbara T. Christian, este premio es una celebración a su legado intelectual y se otorga al mejor libro publicado en los últimos tres años que explícitamente examine los temas de raza, género, sexualidad, clase e interseccionalidad. Se aceptarán monografías de todas las disciplinas y campos académicos de las Humanidades. Se le dará mayor preferencia a obras escritas por uno o más autores que a obras editadas.

La CSA ha trabajado con la Familia Christian para hacer renacer el premio, que fue oficialmente relanzado en Nueva Orleans con el excelente panel que incluyó a Giselle Anatol, Carole Boyce-Davies, Percy Hintzen, Angelique Nixon, and Gina Ulysse. Fue realmente inspirador.

Inmediatamente Heather Russell asumió la tarea de servir como Presidente del Comité del 2015 al 2017.

El anuncio del ganador tendrá lugar en la conferencia de la AEC. Se le otorgará diploma y placa.

FAVOR DE ENVIAR DOS (2) EJEMPLARES A:
Donette A. Francis,
Department of English
University of Miami
1252 Memorial Drive
Ashe Building, Room 410
Coral Gables FL, 33146
305-284-5608
E-mail: d.francis@miami.edu

FECHA TOPE DE ENVIO: MARZO 15, 2018.