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Tanya Shields

Leadership Selection Committee
919-962-3335
tshields (at) email.unc.edu

Tanya Shields is an associate professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research focuses on Caribbean studies and plantation logics. In her 2014 book, Bodies and Bones: Feminist Rehearsal and Imagining Caribbean Belonging, Shields examines the ways in which rehearsing historical events and archetypal characters shapes belonging to the region using feminist rehearsal as a methodology. Feminist rehearsal posits that repeated engagements with a text not only allow us to explore the ways in which we constantly negotiate belonging, but also how repeated feminist interrogations help build consensus and community.

Shields is the editor of The Legacy of Eric Williams: Into the Postcolonial Moment, which examines the contributions of Eric Williams, the first prime minister of independent Trinidad and Tobago. She has also been published in a number of venues including the journals Souls, Women, Gender, and Families of Color, and Identities; as well as edited volumes such as The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Constructing Vernacular Culture in the Trans-Caribbean. Recent publications include “Hell and Grace: Palimpsestic Belonging in The True History of Paradise and Crossing the Mangrove (2018) and “Magnolia Longing: The Plantation Tour as Palimpsest” (2017).

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