Have you dug the spill
Of Sugar Hill?
Cast your gims
On this sepia thrill:
Brown sugar lassie,
Sweet enough to eat.
Coffee and cream,
Out of a dream…
All through the spectrum
Harlem girls vary—
So if you want to know beauty’s
Stroll down luscious,
Delicious, fine Sugar Hill.
Harlem Sweeties, Langston Hughes
This workshop will examine and connect critical food studies, race and ethnic studies and black feminist theory to interrogate the intersections of social surveillance and respectability politics in the depiction of Black children as food in contemporary picture books.
Assignment for all students
Please write a recipe to note your reactions to the class readings including measurements (ie, 1 gram of surprise, add a pinch of disconnect to season) and a 300+ word section with instructions on how to combine your “measurements” to develop a cohesive response to the readings and their connected themes.
Required Advanced Reading
Full text of Harlem Sweeties by Langston Hughes
Bishop, Rudine S., “Introduction”. Free Within Ourselves: The Development of African American Literature. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007. Print.
Martin, Michelle H. “’He’s So Sweet’: Bon-Bon Buddy, Literary Child of Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, vol. 35 no, 2, 2010, p. 176-189. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/381186. (For this article, please download from ChLA via Project MUSE)
Tompkins, Kyla Wazana. ""Everything 'Cept Eat Us": The Antebellum Black Body Portrayed as Edible Body." Callaloo, vol. 30 no. 1, 2007, p. 201-224. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/cal.2007.0175.