Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Goldwin Smith Hall, 258, Comparative Literature/English Shared Lounge
Donna V. Jones, Department of English, Berkeley
Feb 27, 2018 at 12 noon, 258 GSH (COML and English Lounge)
"Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: Negritude and Negrismo”
Readings will be made available upon registering for the seminar. There is no cost, and lunch will be available to all participants, but we do request that you register
Feb 27, 2018 at 4:30pm Klarman KLKG42 (large classroom, café level of Klarman Hall – just east of the large screen)
"The Ambiguous Promise of European Decline: Race and Historical Pessimism in the Era of the Great War"
In this talk, Prof Jones (Berkeley) draws on her first book, The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: Negritude, Vitalism, and Modernity (Columbia, 2010) to indicate the great change in temperament brought about by the Great War. She compares the optimism of Bergson's elan vital with the grim pessimism of Freud's thanato-politics to illustrate the effects of the Great War on European thought. Prof. Jones suggests that among colonial subjects was the promise in the possibility of European decline and part of their response was the exalting of their culture which would become the foundation of a 'living' Caribbean aesthetic, conceived in organicist terms. The talk explores this thematic in the work of Alejo Carpentier, the Negrismo movement, and the Negritude Poets.
Refreshments will follow the lecture
We hope to see you on Feb 27, 2018. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org.