Thursday, June 1, 2017

Beyonce's Lemonade Syllabus

If summer makes you think about lemonade (the sun has to come out eventually, right?) then now is the perfect time to start exploring the Lemonade Syllabus, inspired by Beyonce's 2016 album. The syllabus, which started as a hashtag (#lemonadesyllabus), was created by Candice Benbow. It compiles over 200 resources, most of which are by African American women, including fiction, poetry, critical theory, self-care, autobiography, and more.

Jennifer Ferreti, librarian at Maryland Institute College of Art, has also created a Lemonade research guide that helps listeners understand some of the context around and references in the album. It includes articles on Black womanhood and feminism, poetry by Warsan Shire, album criticism, and more.

Americanah : a novel

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Their eyes were watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

Playing in the dark : whiteness and the literary imagination

Toni Morrison

The entire syllabus is available online and many of the books can be found here in the Holman Library. Remember that if you would like to read a book that we don't have, you can request it for free through interlibrary loan

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