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Friday, September 21, 2018 at 4:30pm
Goldwin Smith Hall, English Lounge, 258 GSH
232 East Ave, Central Campus
'How Very American': Black Women Writers and the Long War on Terror
This talk is drawn from Edwards' current book project, The Other Side of Terror: Black Women and the Grammars of State Violence, which analyzes how contemporary black expressive culture has refracted the culture of U.S. empire throughout the long war on terror, from 1968 to the present. Mapping the transformations of African American literature against global and local campaigns of counterinsurgency, this book argues that Black feminist poetry, fiction, television, and film have exposed the imperial grammars of blackness while also marking out minor grammars of subsistence, survival, and black radical undoing.
Erica Edwards is Presidential Term Chair in African American Literature and Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. She specializes in African American literature, gender and sexuality, and black political culture. Edwards is the author of Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), which won the Modern Language Asosciation’s 12th annual William Sanders Scarborough prize. Her work, published in such journals as American Quarterly, Callaloo, American Literary History, and Black Camera, shows how contemporary African American literature challenges us to think in new ways about the relationships between African American narrative, American popular culture, and the contemporary history of black politics and black social movements.
Free and open to the public
The Gellman Lecture, featuring a distinguished scholar of modern literature, was established by a generous gift from Wendy Rosenthal Gellman ‘81, who majored in English at Cornell.
This year, the Gellman Lecture launches a year-long series of talks focusing on current topics in African American literary studies: the 2018-19 African American Studies Speaker Series. The other talks in the series are supported by the Department of English and College of Arts and Sciences. Next in the series, a Lecture by GerShun Avilez on October 16.