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379. Assessing What Was African American Literature?; or, The State of the Field in the New Millennium

Friday, 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

Session Description:

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.


  • American Literature – General

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