Writing White, or How Particulars Become Universal

FEB 28, 2014 | 2:00 PM

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WHERE:

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue

ROOM:

4406: English Student Lounge

WHEN:

February 28, 2014: 2:00 PM

ADMISSION:

Free

Description

Shelly Eversly (Baruch), "Writing White, or How Particulars Become Universal"
Talk one of the New Approaches to African American Literature series. In the years surrounding the Brown decision, which promised to transform social inequality in the United States, black American writers produced an unprecedented number of novels featuring white characters.  This coincidence corresponds with biological and social scientific disagreements about new terms of what it means to be human; postwar "white novels" explain the contours of these debates about human universals by exploring how the particulars of racial and homosexual difference diminish in "white" contexts.