This chapter argues that Ntozake Shange's formally experimental 1998 cookbook, If I Can Cook / You Know God Can uses foodways—ways of preparing food and routes that foodstuffs travel—to theorize and prescribe practices of diaspora for Black people in the United States.
I teach, research, and write about African American Literature from its beginnings to the present.
"Kitchen, Nation, Diaspora: Ntozake Shange's African American Foodways." Foodscapes: Food, Space, and Place in a Global Society edited by Carlnita Greene. Peter Lang, 2018: 199-222.
“Dancing Up A Nation: Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for the Widow.” Callaloo 30.2 (Summer 2007): 644-52.