Zoë Henry

Zoë Henry is a writer and doctoral candidate in English at Indiana University, where she researches global modernism and Black studies. Her dissertation-in-progress examines an interracial modernist archive of novels, poems and dances, arguing that women figures of the twentieth century negotiated new forms of urban and racial visibility by remaining “private in public,” at once performing and withholding their inner workings across the liminal spaces of the metropolis. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Virginia Woolf Miscellany, Modernism/modernity Print Plus, and the edited collection Teaching Joyce in the 21st Century. She received her BA from Brown University, and her public-facing writing has been featured in venues such as Slate, HuffPost, Insider and CNBC.


Twitter: @ZoeLaHenry

Website: www.zoelhenry.com


Orienting to the Private: The Spatial Dreamworlds of Black Becoming

In overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court has rejected the notion that Americans have a constitutional right to privacy, opening the door to states’ policing of the bodies of women and others who can become pregnant. While it has been widely noted that the rolling back of reproductive rights will affect Black and Brown women disproportionately, less attention has been paid to what this means for their experience of privacy. As some scholars have suggested, privacy feels definitionally impossible for women of color, insofar as racial visibility in public spaces leads often to surveillance and harm.