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The Imperial UniversityAcademic Repression and Scholarly Dissent$
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Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680894

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680894.001.0001

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Nobody Mean More

Nobody Mean More

Black Feminist Pedagogy and Solidarity

(p.237) 9 Nobody Mean More
The Imperial University

Alexis Pauline Gumbs

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers what it means to be nobody in a university economy designed to produce somebody individuated, assimilated, and consenting to empire. It examines the complexity of the administrative function of teaching writing in an early black studies/women’s studies context through two pieces of creative poetic and nonfiction writing by June Jordan and Audre Lorde on their own teaching in the public university system from the late 1960s through to the 1980s. Jordan creates a mutilayered pedagogical narrative on the intergenerational dispersal of love between her own generation and the generation of her students in a police state. In Disciplinary Matters, intellectual historian Nick Mitchell distinguishes between the administrative and intellectual functions of black studies as a disciplinary form.

Keywords:   university economy, administrative function, teaching, writing, black studies, black women, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Nick Mitchell

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