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Meina F.K. Yates-Richard wins 2016 Norman Foerster Prize

January 12, 2017

Congratulations to our Dr. Meina F.K. Yates-Richard (Assistant Professor), who has been awarded Duke University Press's 2016 Norman Foerster Prize for the best essay published annually in American Literature! Dr. Yates-Richard's essay, “‘WHAT IS YOUR MOTHER’S NAME?’: Maternal Disavowal and the Reverberating Aesthetic of Black Women’s Pain in Black Nationalist Literature,” received this praise from the selection committee:

In a field of distinguished work, Yates-Richard’s article stood out for us by tracing a compelling, provocative genealogy of black maternal sound and its relationship to black nationalism. By attending to the screams and songs of African-American women, Yates-Richard in this piece shows how black nationalism has both required and sacrificed the vocalizations of women. The result is an article that charts a textual tradition from Frederick Douglass’s Narrative to Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon, and that raises important questions about the political work of such figurations. We are truly pleased to be able to recognize this path-breaking scholarship.

See the official press release at Duke University Press.