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701. Trauma, Affect, and Genre in African American Culture

Tuesday, 6 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Riverway, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Cherise Smith, Univ. of Texas, Austin

Speakers: Stephanie Batiste, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Sonnet Retman, Univ. of Washington, Seattle; Christina Sharpe, Tufts Univ.; Cherise Smith; Lisa Thompson, Univ. of Austin

Session Description:

In this roundtable, we turn to a range of cultural media, from plays and photographs to novels and musicals, to explore the ways that various African American artists historicize and politicize racial trauma through the innovative use of genre and its affective possibilities.


Subjects:

  • American Literature – General

  • American Literature – Twentieth Century

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