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UMD Center for Literary and Comparative Studies || Antiracism: Communities + Collaborations || Eighteenth-Century Intertexts in Marlon James’ Fiction and Antiracist Pedagogy
Eighteenth-Century Intertexts in Marlon James’ Fiction and Antiracist pedagogy

Description:
Cassander Smith (U of Alabama), Sheri-Marie Harrison (U of Missouri), Rebecca Barr (Jesus College, Cambridge), and Kerry Sinanan (University of Texas at San Antonio) will offer a roundtable discussion on Marlon James’ *The Book of Night Women* (2009) and its 18th-century intertexts as a follow-up workshop to Professor Sinanan’s conversation with Professor Honoreé Fannone Jeffers on Monday, September 20 (12-1 pm EST).

In this workshop, panelists will discuss how Jeffers’ work has brought to our attention the need to think more about periodicity and legacies of slavery, and about how all of this relates to anti-racist pedagogy as we focus on what James does with the 18th-century archive.

Structure: This roundtable panel will be followed by an interactive pedagogy workshop and discussion.

Readings:

Sheri-Marie Harrison’s chapter on James, “Creative Rewritings of Early Caribbean Texts,” in Caribbean Literature in Transition, Volume 1 (Cambridge University Press).

Ashley D. Farmer, “Into the Stacks: In Search of the Black Women’s History Archive,” Modern American History 1 (2018): 289–293.

Saidiya Hartman, “Venus in Two Acts,” Small Axe 26 (June 2008): 1–14.

You can access these readings and the accompanying worksheet in this folder:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1jZYUS3D6AJuLKWBDTPy11gPWFAPm6njb?usp=sharing

*Please note that this session will not be recorded. Our goal is to cultivate a working group during this meeting.* We archive many of our events, which we urge you to watch and share:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPgH1IFasi_sCLkrpmQ0pDGyfPOij-HhU

Oct 5, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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