Making the Wright Connection

An Online Community for the Study of Richard Wright

The Global Vision of Richard Wright

Posted on March 27, 2011 | No Comments

Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. CST

Please join us for a Virtual Seminar led by Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English at Ohio University

Abstract: Our conversation would include among other things the following possible topics:  (a) the speaker’s own engagement with Wright’s writings since the 1970s;  (b) Wright’s non-fictional writings from the 1950s – such as Pagan Spain, White Man, Listen, Black Power and Color Curtain – and how these relatively neglected works by the novelist anticipate the cross-cultural, postcolonialist, and Black Atlantic perspectives that have emerged since the 1980s; (c) how Wright extends and expands the interrogation of high modernism by Harlem Renaissance writers such as Claude McKay, Langston Hughes,  Zora Neale Hurston and Wallace Thurman by injecting issues of social injustice and political freedom to create new iterations of modernism; (d) how Wright may be taught in the classroom in conjunction with other American and ethnic American writers.


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