Archive for the ‘2016-2017’ Category

‘To be Black Woman and Alive’ (2016)

Crystal Valentine & Aaliyah Jihad’s To Be Black Woman and Alive (2016), is the embodiment of the millennial black woman’s call for awakening. By exposing the black community’s internalisation of white patriarchy, both speakers tackle institutional racism in both mainstream society and the black community exemplifying its monumental influence on black women’s identity.Initially, we are […]

Black Girl Soldier by Jamilia Woods

  Jamelia Woods’Black Girl Soldier (2016) strives to remind millennial black women of the intergenerational struggle for equality. Through the notion of song, Woods combines a militant drum beat and politically resistant lyrics to provoke action from the new generation of black women. The audience is urged to explore how oppression infects various aspects of […]

For Coloured Girls (2010)

‘For Coloured Girls’ (Perry, 2010) explores the lives of black women in the US, tackling themes of sexuality, trauma and sisterhood.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Film featuring the imprisonment of serial killer and cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The First Installment in the Shatter Me Dystopian Trilogy

‘The Monologue’ from Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir (1967)

Taken from the Woman Destroyed collection, ‘The Monologue’ depicts a spoilt, middle-aged woman who succumbs to mauvaise-foi and would rather bitch about others.

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

A eponymous short story written by Angela Carter as part of the collection ‘The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories’

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

A semi-autobiographical novel by Sylvia Plath focusing on a descent into mental illness and suicidal thoughts.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

The Fourth Installment in the Throne of Glass Young Adult Fantasy-Adventure Series


Original Texts and Film   Silence of the Lambs directed by Jonathan Demme (1991) Shatter Me written by Tahereh Mafi (2011) ‘The Monologue’ from The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir (1967) ‘The Bloody Chamber’ from The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter (1979) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (1963) Queen of Shadows […]

Deciphering puzzles…

Fake Deep, Cecile Emeke (2014)

Fake Deep explores one of many experiences of being black and female in Britain.

The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa (1991)

What’s your interpretation of this literary project of decipherment..?

The Jabberwocky – Lewis Carroll (1871)

Can you solve this riddle of words..?

El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) – Guillermo del Toro (2006)

Is Ofelia caught in fantasy, or is what she seeing real..?

The Haunted Palace – Edgar Allan Poe (1839)

Can you decipher the identity of the King and his kingdom..?

Deciphering puzzles

Which interpretation will you decide on..?


The sources of the extracts, as well as the works included in the introduction

The Dream by Henri Rousseau

A Parisian painter’s version of the jungle.

Howl by Allen Ginsberg

A glimpse into hedonistic beatnik culture .