379. Assessing What Was African American Literature?; or, The State of the Field in the New Millennium
Wednesday, 6 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 611, WSCC
A special session
Presiding: Melissa Asher Daniels, Northwestern Univ.; Gregory Laski, Northwestern Univ.
Speakers: Adam Francis Bradley, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Russ Castronovo, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison; Soyica Diggs Colbert, Dartmouth Coll.; John Ernest, West Virginia Univ., Morgantown; Sharon Patricia Holland, Duke Univ.
Responding: Kenneth W. Warren, Univ. of Chicago
In his provocative new book, What Was African American Literature? (2011), Kenneth W. Warren argues that African American literature ended with the legal abrogation of Jim Crow. This roundtable brings together a diverse group of scholars of African American literature to discuss this claim and explore its implications for the field in the new millennium.
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