Literary Vantage Points: Multiple Perspectives of Zora Neale Hurston

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  In our third installment of Literary Vantage Points, we have collected brief interviews from a number of professors to get their perspectives about various authors. In this particular feature, we asked three literary scholars—Professors Sandra Govan, Opal Moore, and Aldon Lynn Nielsen—to describe their initial impressions of author Zora Neale Hurston and discuss the legacy of her work. The goal of these interviews is […]

Literary Vantage Points: Multiple Perspectives of James Baldwin

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In our second installment of Literary Vantage Points, we have collected brief interviews from a number of professors to get their perspectives about various authors. In this particular feature, we asked three literary scholars—Professors Sandra Govan, Jerry Ward, and Bob Butler—to describe their initial impressions of author James Baldwin and discuss the legacy of her work. The goal of these interviews is to reveal the […]

“Facing Death: The Fear of Death vs. the Death of Fear” – led by Abdul JanMohamed, Professor of English at the University of California (Berkeley)

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Please join us for a Virtual Seminar – “Facing Death: The Fear of Death vs. the Death of Fear” – led by Abdul JanMohamed, Professor of English at the University of California (Berkeley) on Saturday, April 30 at 11:00 a.m. CST. Abstract:  In my work on Native Son, and on Wright’s work in general, I have focused on the effects of the threat of death (lynching […]

Literary Vantage Points: Multiple Perspectives of Toni Morrison

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Literary Vantage Points is the HBW’s newest initiative geared towards engaging our audience members in conversations about African American literature. We are looking to make short video segments a regular feature on our blog in order to utilize the most effective digital mediums and spark dialogue among people interested in black artist production. We have collected brief interviews from a number of professors to get […]

“The Global Vision of Richard Wright” – led by Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English at Ohio University

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Please join us for a Virtual Seminar – “The Global Vision of Richard Wright” – led by Amritjit Singh, Langston Hughes Professor of English at Ohio University on Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. CST.   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 […]

Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself

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The Project on the History of Black Writing (HBW) is pleased to “reintroduce ourselves” to the online community as we celebrate the re-launch of our home website! Please visit our website here and help us celebrate our new website. The former HBW website has been redesigned and expanded to highlight our online initiatives and to emphasize the many resources the project houses.As online archival database and professional development […]

Wright Connection Virtual Seminar

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To celebrate the re-launch of the Wright Connection, we encourage HBW followers to our Virtual Seminar on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. CST, featuring Jennifer Wallach, Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Texas. For more information on how to register free of charge, click here and follow instructions Abstract: When explaining his decision to write his autobiography,Black Boy, Richard Wright once remarked […]