James Edward Ford III lecture, "Hunting for Phillis Wheatley" 


Location: Zoom lecture

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The Department of English is hosting a lecture by James Edward Ford III (Occidental College).  This event is being co-sponsored by The Department of Africana Studies and the Initiative on Race and Resilience.

"Hunting for Phillis Wheatley" 

James Edward Ford III, associate professor of English and Black studies at Occidental College, is the winner of the 19th Annual William Sanders Scarborough Prize for an outstanding study of African American literature or culture for Thinking through Crisis: Depression-Era Black Literature, Theory, and Politics (Fordham Univ. Press, 2019).  James Edward Ford III’s teaching and scholarship focus on three fields: The Aesthetics of Black Radicalism; Black Popular Culture; and Western Political Thought.  Ford’s several book projects bring these various fields into conversation. His first book, Thinking through Crisis: Depression-Era Black Literature, Theory and Politics, claims that Humanities scholars have understated the ways that agency can irrupt from traumatic experience. Ford uses Black radical writing from the 1930s as a test case for a new approach to theorizing trauma.

Ford’s writing has also appeared in College LiteratureCultural CritiqueNew Centennial ReviewNovel: A Forum on FictionBlack CameraBlack ScholarRethinking Marxism, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, the Oxford Bibliographies Series volumes for African American Studies and Literary and Critical Theory,  and the edited collections Systems of Life: Politics, Economics, and the Biological SciencesThe Political Companion to W.E.B. Du BoisSpinoza’s Authority: Resistance and PowerBalibar and the Citizen-Subject, and Outkasted Conversations: A Hip-Hop Studies Reader. His is currently working on two book projects, “Hip-Hop’s Late Style: Liner Notes to an Aesthetic Theory” and “Phillis, the Black Swan: Disheveling the Origins of African Diasporic Writing.” 

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