Jennifer Wilson

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Articles by Jennifer Wilson

Harlem, Moscow and the Digital International: Spotlight on Student Work

Some years ago, I had the pleasure of teaching a course on the Harlem Renaissance in Moscow. The class, “The Harlem Renaissance: From New York to Tashkent,” followed the travels of prominent black artists and intellectuals of the 1920s and 30s (Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Dorothy West) throughout the Soviet Union. For those interested in learning more about that course, I blogged about the experience for this website in a four-part series titled “Teaching Race in Russia.”

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Regarding the Pain of Others: Tweeting Book V of Crime & Punishment

How do you tweet “pauper’s pride”?

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Teaching Race in Russia: Some Conclusions

I was giving the students a brief biography of Lorde and as soon as I said the phrase “black lesbian Feminist,” their eyes opened really wide. I don’t know if their reaction was to Lorde’s identity or to the fact that I was discussing it openly.

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Teaching Race in Russia Part III: Sartre, Jazz, and the Cossack Dance

Sartre’s essay spends considerable time problematizing the intersection of communism and anti-racist politics, asking, “Can the black man count on a distant white proletariat– involved in its own struggles?”

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Teaching Race in Russia Part II: From Harlem to the “Soviet South”

My students, like Vladimir Nabokov before them, were surprised at how sexualized American racism was and how often black men were lynched for charges of even looking at white women.

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Teaching Race in Russia: Dispatches from “The Harlem Renaissance: From New York to Tashkent”

Why do American race relations reappear over and over again in discussions of the minority experience in the former Soviet Union?

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Is Slavic ready for Minorities?

Very often I’m asked how Slavic Studies can attract more minorities. I’ll tell my own story.

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