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Sharon Beckford-Foster

Department Chair
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-7488
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Sharon Beckford-Foster

Department Chair
Department of English
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, MA, Ph.D., York University (Canada)

Bio

PROFILE

• Advisor: Global Literatures and Cultures Minor

• I am a fellow at the Centre for Feminist Research and an associate fellow at the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York University.

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

• African American Literature
• Postcolonial Literatures
• Canadian Literature
• Literary and Cultural Theory
• African Diaspora Studies
• Digital Humanities
• Transnational Studies
• Women’s and Gender Studies

COURSES

• African American Literature, Music, and Culture
• Caribbean Literature
• Latin American Literature
• Art of Poetry
• Modern Poetry
• The Short Story
• Travel Writing

585-475-7488

Currently Teaching

ENGL-413
3 Credits
Students will explore the landscape of African-American literature, and learn of its development throughout the 19th and/or 20th Centuries. From Phyllis Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ida B. Wells to Toni Morrison, from the Harlem Renaissance, and the Black Arts Movements of the 1960s to Hip-Hop this course will explore African-American writers who inspired a civil rights and cultural revolution. Through writing, reading and research, they will grow to understand how, despite legal limits on freedom and social participation imposed because of their color in American society, blacks created styles of verbal and written expressions unique within the American experience and contributed to the shape, growth and development of the nation's literary character.
ENGL-414
3 Credits
This course will explore a key theme or critical question in women's and gender studies as an introduction and line of inquiry into how and why women's and gender studies matter in the contemporary world and in our individual lives. Drawing from and reflecting on approaches to women's and gender studies from a variety of disciplines and cultures, we will use these theoretical lenses to read social, cultural, and artistic texts and cultural practices in a new light. How has women's and gender studies and the creative, activist and academic practices theorized in this multidisciplinary, global space, challenged gendered and racialized power structures in the past, in the present, and how might it transform its methods to confront current challenges?
WGST-414
3 Credits
This course will explore a key theme or critical question in women's and gender studies as an introduction and line of inquiry into how and why women's and gender studies matter in the contemporary world and in our individual lives. Drawing from and reflecting on approaches to women's and gender studies from a variety of disciplines and cultures, we will use these theoretical lenses to read social, cultural, and artistic texts and cultural practices in a new light. How has women's and gender studies and the creative, activist and academic practices theorized in this multidisciplinary, global space, challenged gendered and racialized power structures in the past, in the present, and how might it transform its methods to confront current challenges?

Select Scholarship

Full Length Book
Beckford, Sharon Morgan. Naturally Woman: The Search for Self in Black Canadian Women's Literature. 1st ed. : Inanna Publications and Education Inc., 2011. Print.