Andrea Rushing

Professor of English


Research and Teaching Interests:

Andrea Benton Rushing holds a joint appointment in English and Black Studies with a focus on poetry and autobiography. In poetry she is especially interested in the intersection between African American music and African American poetry, and the ways in which oral literature makes its way into written poetry.

Courses include:

Black Music/Black Poetry
Creating a Self: Black Women's Testimonies, Memoirs, Autobiographies The Poet as Archeologist
African American Oral Traditions
"Past the Last Post": New African Novels
Caribbean Literature: Home and Away

Special research interest: Yoruba culture and cosmology

Selected Publications:

Women in Africa and the African Diaspora, Second Edition, eds. Rosalyn Terborg-Penn and Andrea Benton Rushing (Howard University Press), 1996.

"Go in' There - & Knowin' There," in Go Girl: The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure, edited by Elaine Lee. Portland: Eighth Mountain Press, 1997.

"Becoming a Feminist: Learning from Africa," in Sage, vol. 9, no. 2, Spring 1995.

"God's Divas," in Women in Africa and the African Diaspora, Howard University Press, 1987.

"For Colored Girls, Suicide or Struggle," a review essay of Ntozake Shange's choreopoem, The Massachusetts Review, 22, 1981.


Updated October 2005