Delusions of Whiteness in the Avant-Garde

Endeavors: Delusions of Whiteness in the Avant-Garde

Friday, September 14

11:45 AM

Department of African American Studies, Rm 101
81 Wall Street
New Haven  Connecticut  06511
United States
Free & open to the public

In her 2014 essay “Delusions of Whiteness in the Avant-Garde” Cathy Park Hong writes, “to encounter the history of avant-garde poetry is to encounter a racist tradition.” Professor Tavia Nyong'o explores this problem in a conversation with Hong and John Keene.

Tavia Nyong’o teaches performance studies at Yale, where he is Professor of American Studies, African American Studies, and Theater Studies. His books include The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (University of Minnesota Press, 2009) and Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life (New York University Press, 2018). He is currently writing a study of the writer Samuel R. Delany.

Co-sponsors: Department of African American Studies, Endeavors Series