Women's Work and Women's Studies 1971 Questionnaire, Alice Walker, 1972, page 1

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_ The Barnard Women's Center reccatly. sent out a questionnaire to poople in-
volved in.wcmenTs studies requesting their opinions on a proposed interdisciplinary
bibliography of the year's work in.womonFs studies. As the responses soundl-
supported our project, we would now like to proceed with collecting information
both from organiaoaions and from individuals. Our purpose is to incoroorato the
year's academic studies on women, either completed or in progress, along with‘
information on innovative action projects such on women's health colicctives,
community day care, legal aid, women's publications, ficminiot cheater. film
grojocto, and so forth. In this way wo hope to spark a livlior interchange between
theory and practice.

what we need from you in the space provided below is a description of tho
roooazch or project in which you are luvolwod. or if you know of an individual or
grow? whoso work should be included, please eithor let us know about it or also
pass this request for information on to them. Finally from those aooooiotod wish
wcmen‘s publications, we would welcome any publicity for our project cast your
publication can provide. ‘ .

lhank you in advance for your contioipotion.
Alice Walker

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S er address: ggiidale ‘Address 50 B Linnaean St. Cambridge, Mas§.
"Jackson, Radcliffe Institute Fellow
Mississippi
39215

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I In tho space below poocse try to summarize the purpose. goo 3, methods, and any

other vital information about your research or project. Attach additional sheets
if necessary and return to:

I The Women's Center
' Earnard college
606 West 120th Street
Eco York, N.Y.10027

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- During the past year I designed and taught a course
at Wellesley College in Black Women Writers. To my knowledge the
first time such a course has been taught. It traced the development
of Black women writers from the slave narratives and the work of
women who wrote as slaves, to women like Frances Harper who wrote
as abo1itionists'and free women. We studied the impact of folklore
on the writings of Black women and the question of passing. Our
major writers of fiction were studied with the intent of understanding
their preoccupations and how they differ from Black men writers.
At all times we were interested in the conditions under which
Black women wrote and continue to write. It was interesting, in
this regard, to use Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, when
studying the works of Phillis Wheatley, a slave, who owned neither
a room nor a self (a bodily self). This year (1972-73) I will
teach the same course at U.'Mass, Boston. ‘I will also continue
my research into the lives of Black Women Writers with a View
to writing a book about them.