Interview: The Colonial Art of Demonizing Others | The UCSB Current
Andrea Estrada / Esther Lezra

Interview: The Colonial Art of Demonizing Others | The UCSB Current

H/T – The Repeating Islands – Andrea Estrada interviews Esther Lezra on her new book The Colonial Art of Demonizing Others (Routledge, 2014): “It was important to show that the representational patterns that we use today are inheritors of an early representational rhetoric that was intrinsically tied up with material violence and injustice endured by … Continue reading

TEACHING: Baucom and DuBois Course Site for “The Black Atlantic”
Alisha Hines / David Romine / Ian Baucom / Laurent DuBois / Sasha Panaram

TEACHING: Baucom and DuBois Course Site for “The Black Atlantic”

  Duke University students are writing the “Black Atlantic” online courtesy of a course taught by Ian Baucom and Laurent DuBois. From the syllabus: “This seminar, open to advanced undergraduate students and graduate students in all disciplines, explores the history and literature of what has come to be known as “The Black Atlantic.” Our goal … Continue reading

BOOK: Carretta on Phillis Wheatley
Vincent Carretta

BOOK: Carretta on Phillis Wheatley

Vincent Carretta. Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011. via University of Georgia Press: “With Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral (1773), Phillis Wheatley (1753?–1784) became the first English-speaking person of African descent to publish a book and only the second woman—of any race or background— to … Continue reading

ARTICLE: Sanborn on Plagiarism in <i>Clotel</i>
Geoffrey Sanborn

ARTICLE: Sanborn on Plagiarism in Clotel

Geoffrey Sanborn. “‘People Will Pay to Hear the Drama’: Plagiarism in Clotel.” African American Review 45, no. 1 (2012): 65–82. Excerpt: It is no secret that William Wells Brown did not write everything that appears under his name in Clotel; or, the President’s Daughter, the first published novel by an African American. Since 1969, when … Continue reading

ARTICLE: McCaskill on William and Ellen Craft’s ‘Partnership’
Barbara McCaskill

ARTICLE: McCaskill on William and Ellen Craft’s ‘Partnership’

Barbara McCaskill. “The Profits and the Perils of Partnership in the ‘Thrilling’ Saga of William and Ellen Craft.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 38, no. 1 (March 1, 2013): 76–97. Excerpt: In October 1937, the historian Carter Godwin Woodson (1875–1950) launched the inaugural issue of the Negro History Bulletin. A teacher of social … Continue reading

BOOK: Sharpe on the Monstrous Intimacies of Slavery
Christina Sharpe

BOOK: Sharpe on the Monstrous Intimacies of Slavery

Christina Sharpe, Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects. Duke University Press Books, 2010. Description from Duke University Press: “Arguing that the fundamental, familiar, sexual violence of slavery and racialized subjugation have continued to shape black and white subjectivities into the present, Christina Sharpe interprets African diasporic and Black Atlantic visual and literary texts that address those … Continue reading

BOOK:  Chakkalakal on Slave Marriage in the 19th Century
Tess Chakkalakal

BOOK: Chakkalakal on Slave Marriage in the 19th Century

Tess Chakkalakal. Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011. From the publisher’s website: Filling a long-standing gap in our knowledge about slave-marriage, Novel Bondage unravels the interconnections between marriage, slavery, and freedom through renewed readings of canonical nineteenth-century novels and short stories by black and white authors. … Continue reading

BOOK: Dobie on Images of Slavery in 18c French Culture
Madeleine Dobie

BOOK: Dobie on Images of Slavery in 18c French Culture

Madeleine Dobie. Trading Places: Colonization and Slavery in Eighteenth-Century French Culture. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010. From Cornell University Press: “In Trading Places, Madeleine Dobie explores the place of the colonial world in the culture of the French Enlightenment. She shows that until a turning point in the late 1760s questions of colonization and … Continue reading

ESSAY:  Gates and Ellis on Harriet Wilson, 19th Century Novelist and Spiritualist
Henry Louis Gates / P. Gabrielle Foreman / R. J. Ellis

ESSAY: Gates and Ellis on Harriet Wilson, 19th Century Novelist and Spiritualist

Quite a late posting.  Many apologies on the hiatus.  ~JMJOHNSO For more on Wilson as an entrepreneur see Gabrielle Foreman and Katherine Flynn’s 2009 Boston Globe piece here. Gates, Henry Louis, and R. J. Ellis. “Harriet Wilson’s Sunday School.” TheRoot.com, January 10, 2011, sec. Views. http://www.theroot.com/views/harriet-wilson-s-sunday-school. Excerpt: As Gabrielle Foreman and Kathy Flynn have shown, … Continue reading