Hershini Young

Office: 509 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0700
E-mail address: hbhana@buffalo.edu


black performance studies, contemporary African diasporic literature, queer studies, disability studies

Current Courses

Spring 2015

Eng 575 - Performance and Reception in Four Keys

Registration Numbers:  (A2) 23948   (B2) 23949
Tuesday 12:30-3:10, Clemens 1032

Fall 2014

Eng 385 - Studies in Literature of African Diaspora
MWF 10:00 - 10:50
Reg. No. 21620

Eng 387 - Women Writers
MWF  12:00 - 12:50
Reg. No. 22484

Works in Progress


  • Coercive Performances: Spectacular Blackness and the Politics of Agency in Southern Africa


  • "'Sound of Kuduro Knocking at My Door': Kuduro Dance and the Poetics of Debility." African American Review Special Issue on Performance.  Ed. Soyica Colbert. (Forthcoming)
  • "Re-Imagining Power: Containing the Vampiric Violence of Slavery in Octavia Butler’s Fledgling." Arizona Quarterly (Under review)

Selected Publications


  • Haunting Capital: Memory, Text and the Black Diasporic Body. University Press of New England. (2005)


  • "Black 'Like Me': (Mis) Recognition, the Racial Gothic and the post 1967 Mixed Race Movement in Danzy Senna's Symptomatic." African American Review. 42.2: 43-58
  • "Trafficking in Pain: Genealogies of Witnessing Slavery in Francesco Bartolozzi and Concluding with Lalla Essaydi." African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal 1.1 (Jan 2008)
  • "Inheriting the Criminalized Body: Race, Gender and Slavery in Gayl Jones' Eva's Man."  African American Review. 39.3 (Fall 2005).  Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism, v. 270.  Ed. Jeff Hunter.
  • "The Political Economy of Food:  Hunger in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas.  Special Issue on Food. 17.1 (Spring 2000): 18-24
  • "'The Condition of the Native':  Autodestruction in Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions.” Alternation 6, 1 (1999): 117-137
  • "Splitting Open Wide: Letters of Exile."  Socialist Review Special Issue on The Traveling Nation: India and its Diaspora.  24.4 (1994): 109-150.
  • "Merciful Space; Performance Geography in Jeremy Love’s Bayou, Volume 1." The Blacker the Ink: Black Identity in American Comics and Sequential Art. Eds. Francis K. Gateword and John Jennings. Wayne State University.  (Forthcoming July 2011)
  • "The Rise of the See J: John Jennings and Ike Ude." Black Performance Theory. Eds. Tommy DeFrantz and Anita Gonzalez. (Forthcoming).
  • "Coercive Performances: Baartman and Slaves for Auction." Representation and Black Womanhood: The Legacy of Sarah Baartman. Ed. Natasha Gordon-Chipembere. (2011)
  • "Broken Mirrors and Reflections of One's Self: Blackness, Indianness and Hybridity." Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.  Eds. Kimberly Moffit and Regina Spellers. New Jersey: Hampton Press, 2009.
  • "Salt, Slavery and other Hauntings: Deborah Jack's 'Shore.'"  Exhibition Catalogue Essay for Big Orbit Gallery, September 11-November 8, 2004. http://bigorbitgallery.org/bigorbit/jack.html
  • "Reading Ghostly Desire:  Writing the Edges of Bessie Head's A Question of Power." Emerging Perspectives on Bessie Head. Ed. Huma Ibrahim. New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2003. 52-73
  • "How to Articulate the Inarticulable I, II, and III." Making More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women. Eds. Kim, Elaine, Lilia Villanueva and Asian Women United of California. Boston: Beacon Press, 1997. 174-176
  • "The Tempest and Colonial Discourse." Shakespeare: A Study and Research Guide. Eds. Bergeron, David and Geraldo U. de Sousa. Lawrence: UP Kansas, 1995. 217-226
  • "Boundaries." Our Feet Walk the Sky: Women of the South Asian Diaspora. Ed. The Women of South Asian Descent Collective. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1993. 296