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What's Race Got to Do with It? African American Literature and the Ethics of Reading

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1 hour 24 minutes 18 seconds

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African American Studies | American Literature | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America | Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Reading and Language


Dr. Lesley Larkin (associate professor of English at Northern Michigan University and a Linfield College alum) discusses her book Race and the Literary Encounter: Black Literature from James Weldon Johnson to Percival Everett, which traces the strategies developed by modern and contemporary Black writers to challenge, model, and theorize modes of reading race. Larkin explores how black literature has challenged the notion that reading is a race-neutral act by modeling interventionist strategies to create anti-racist readers.


Sponsored by the Linfield College English Department and the Linfield College International Programs Office, and funded in part by a grant from the Linfield College Diversity Committee.