Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Duke, Speaks to First-Year Students

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie visited Duke University last night to talk to first-year students about ‘Americanah,’ Duke’s summer reading pick for 2014. It was a remarkable event, that notably began and ended in thunderous applause and a standing ovation for Ms. Adichie. Adichie was witty and sharp as she addressed issues of intersectionality in her novel, […]

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“Finding Community”

It was great fun to be interviewed for this podcast series on social media produced by the Thompson Writing Program Digital Writing & Pedagogy Lab. In “Finding Community,” I talk about the influential role of social media in shaping my feminist identity as both writer and activist.

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Senior Story for Duke Women’s Studies, Sylvia Plath Honors Thesis Abstract

For the Spring 2014 Women’s Studies Newsletter, I wrote a “senior story” about my experiences coming into my feminism and, in turn, becoming a Women’s Studies major. The newsletter also includes an abstract from my senior thesis on Sylvia Plath on Page 11 of the attached PDF, pictured to the left.  (However, the correct title […]

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Trust a little more, try a little less

This piece was originally published at The (Duke) Chronicle where I am writing a biweekly column for the Spring 2014 Editorial Pages. Trust a little more, try a little less There were too many of us crowded around the table in that small little room. Chairs were crammed side-by-side, so close that there was barely any space […]

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A little pearl of wisdom

This piece was originally published at The (Duke) Chronicle where I am writing a biweekly column for the Spring 2014 Editorial Pages. A little pearl of wisdom Around this time two years ago, I was huddled up on the stairs behind Friedl with tears running down my cheeks, shaking uncontrollably. I remember calling my dad at work […]

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Decoding Feminism for Male Allies

A guy friend sent me his qualms about the feminist movement and this is my response. I think feminists need to make more of an effort to explain feminism without being defensive, so I welcome the opportunity to do so! Dear Danielle, I’m going to apologize in advance and say that this post is a […]

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Turning Famous Women Writers Who Committed Suicide into a “Lookbook”

This post was originally published at Ms Magazine VICE Magazine ignited a firestorm a few weeks ago for their controversial photo editorial featuring to the ladies of the literati in their Women in Fiction issue. In addition to stories by Joyce Carol Oates and Mary Gaitskill and an interview with Marilynne Robinson, there is also a spread by photographer Annabel Mehran celebrating the literary legacies […]

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Shattering the Myth: My Senior Thesis Research on Sylvia Plath and Women Writers

  Senior Thesis Proposal for Women’s Studies Major at Duke University Shattering the Myth: The Narrative Voices of Sylvia Plath from the Sargasso to The Bell Jar Danielle K. Nelson Before her untimely death at the age of thirty, Sylvia Plath, a pivotal literary figure of the 20th century, produced a body of work comprising […]

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Feminism Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All

This article was originally published on PolicyMic. You can read it HERE. Last spring I submitted an entry to Michele Norris’ Race Card Project, a forum for an “honest” conversation about race in just six words. My six words were “White Feminism. I live with contradiction” and underneath my entry, I explained: “I’m proud to be a feminist, […]

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Write(h)ers: The Feminist Future is Happening Right Now — Online

This article was originally published on PolicyMic. You can read it HERE This spring, Duke University gave undergraduate feminist writer-activists an introductory course in “#femfuture: Online Revolution” through Write(h)ers, a semester long speaker series featuring feminist women in the fields of journalism, media, and broadcast journalism. Over the spring semester, Jill Filipovic, Irin Carmon, Rebecca Traister, Heather Havrilesky, Maria Ebrahimji, and LC Coleman visited Duke to […]

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