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New Book: Slavery and the Post-black Imagination

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Out Now: Slavery and the Post-black Imagination

New Publication: Ilka Saal and Bertram D. Ashe (eds.). Slavery and the Post-black Imagination. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2020.

From Kara Walker’s hellscape antebellum silhouettes to Paul Beatty’s bizarre twist on slavery in The Sellout and from Colson Whitehead’s literal Underground Railroad to Jordan Peele’s body-snatching Get Out, this volume offers commentary on contemporary artistic works that present, like musical deep cuts, some challenging “alternate takes” on American slavery. These artists deliberately confront and negotiate the psychic and representational legacies of slavery to imagine possibilities and change. The essays in this volume explore the conceptions of freedom and blackness that undergird these narratives, critically examining how artists growing up in the post–Civil Rights era have nuanced slavery in a way that is distinctly different from the first wave of neo-slave narratives that emerged from the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements.

Slavery and the Post-Black Imagination positions post-blackness as a productive category of analysis that brings into sharp focus recent developments in black cultural productions across various media. These ten essays investigate how millennial black cultural productions trouble long-held notions of blackness by challenging limiting scripts. They interrogate political as well as formal interventions into established discourses to demonstrate how explorations of black identities frequently go hand in hand with the purposeful refiguring of slavery’s prevailing tropes, narratives, and images.

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New Article: "Serendipitous Encounters with Texts: Errantry and Decentralization in Ana Maria Goncalves's Um Defeito de Cor (2006)"

Out Now: "Serendipitous Encounters with Texts: Errantry and Decentralization in Ana Maria Goncalves's Um Defeito de Cor (2006)"

Luana de Souza Sutter's article "Serendipitous Encounters with Texts: Errantry and Decentralization in Ana Maria Goncalves's Um Defeito de Cor (2006)" was just published in the latest issue of Brasiliana: Journal for Brazilian Studies Article 

New Article: "'Per si muove - it was a mass of moonstone’: Fluid Space, Dynamic Relations, and the Commodification of Storytelling in Harriet Prescott Spofford’s Arctic Writings.”

Out Now: "'Per si muove - it was a mass of moonstone’: Fluid Space, Dynamic Relations, and the Commodification of Storytelling in Harriet Prescott Spofford’s Arctic Writings.”

New Article by Verena Laschinger: "'Per si muove - it was a mass of moonstone’: Fluid Space, Dynamic Relations, and the Commodification of Storytelling in Harriet Prescott Spofford’s Arctic Writings.” Harriet Prescott Spofford. Ed. Stéphanie Durrans. Special Issue. Harriet Prescott Spofford: The Home, the Nation, and the Wilderness. The European Journal of American Studies 14.3 (29 Oct 2019). Full Text.

Keynote Lecture at Toulouse: "The Federal Theatre Project: Contexts and Issues"

Keynote Lecture at Toulouse: "The Federal Theatre Project: Contexts and Issues"

Ilka Saal gave a keynote address at the international conference "The Federal Theatre Project: Contexts and Issues" at the University of Toulouse, France on October 19, 2019.

New Article: “On Photography in the Anthropocene: Surface Views and Imagetexts by J. Henry Fair and Tom McCarthy”

Out Now: “On Photography in the Anthropocene: Surface Views and Imagetexts by J. Henry Fair and Tom McCarthy” 

New Publication by Verena Laschinger: “On Photography in the Anthropocene: Surface Views and Imagetexts by J. Henry Fair and Tom McCarthy.” Anglophone Literature and Culture in the Anthropocene. Eds. Gina Comos and Caroline Rosenthal. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019. 214-30.

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