CIDRAL Masterclass: Michelle M. Wright, 'Meet Me in Paris: Epiphenomenal Spacetimes and Postwar Blackness'
|Dates:||19 March 2018|
|Times:||12:00 - 14:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students|
This event, co-organised by English, American Studies and Creative Writing and CIDRAL, is part of CIDRAL's 2017/18 programme, The Constraints of Creativity
Michelle M. Wright (Augustus Baldwin Longstreet Professor of English, Emory University), will lead a masterclass entitled 'Meet Me in Paris: Epiphenomenal Spacetimes and Postwar Blackness'
In this master class I will focus on Paris as an ambivalent site for the post/colonial as it encounters Black Modernity, especially in terms of the Black and African Diasporas. Drawing from Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy, James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son and Bernard Dadié's Black Man in Paris, I will argue that, exactly because it is "compromised" and unstable, European cities can be analyzed through race, gender and sexuality as a site for diasporic encounters, both in terms of what does and what does not happen at that intersection. While I will be working from a very specific rubric, the goal of the master class is to broaden out from that reading and engage with students' projects that do use or want to use gender and sexuality and/or a very contradictory set of texts.
Travel and Contact Information
Samuel Alexander Building