Teaching transnational Morrison: Curation and comparative American studies

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This article is the edited text of a talk given in May 2021 for the AHRC-funded Black Female Intellectuals network. It argues that through comparative, transnational work American Studies scholars can widen the definition of who is considered a Black Female Intellectual first in terms of what we understand to be public intellectual work and also in terms of who American Studies scholars recognise as Black. I explore the act of curation as an act of public intellectualism by looking closely at exhibitions curated by African American writer Toni Morrison and Aboriginal Australian artist Fiona Foley. I then discuss Foley’s work as a ‘Blak’ Female Intellectual and argue that as such, her work should be engaged with and taught within transnational, comparative American Studies classrooms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-96
Number of pages16
JournalComparative American Studies
Issue number1
Early online date28 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • Fiona foley
  • Toni morrison
  • Transnational
  • curation
  • public intellectual

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