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Early Modern Race Symposium
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0840  Monday, 16 April 2001

From:           Gary L. Taylor <
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Date:           Wednesday, April 11, 2001 11:02 AM
Subject:        Early Modern Race Symposium

The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies, and the University of
Alabama English Department, invite you to join us for a symposium
entitled "Writing Race Across the Atlantic World, 1492-1763." A lot of
interesting work has been done recently on race in Shakespeare's plays,
but this symposium extends that discussion to other writers, to both
sides of the Atlantic, and beyond simplistic black/white binaries.

To be held on 27-29 Sep 2001, the twenty-fifth Alabama Symposium on
English and American Literature is the first in a series of five
projected symposiums to be devoted to the subject of  literature, race,
and ethnicity from a variety of cultural studies perspectives.  The
distinguished African American playwright August Wilson will inaugurate
the Symposium with a public lecture on Thursday evening, September 27.
Scholars presenting papers on Friday and Saturday, September 28-29,
include Benjamin Braude (Boston College, History), Mary Floyd-Wilson
(Yale University, English), Barbara Fuchs (University of Washington,
English),  Kim Hall (Fordham University, English), Karen Ordahl
Kupperman (New York University, History), Jennifer Morgan (Rutgers
University, History), Joseph Roach (Yale University, Theatre and
African-American Studies),  Francesca Royster (DePaul University,
English), and Gordon Sayre (University of Oregon, English).  Their
topics cover the whole range of oceanic culture, addressing the diverse
ways in which categories of  "race"-black, brown, red, and white,
African-American and Afro-Caribbean,  Spanish and Jewish, English and
French, native American and northern  European, creole and mestizo-were
constructed by early modern anglophone writers. With lectures by
scholars currently engaged in exciting work across a range of cultural
studies disciplines, as well as the opening presentation by August
Wilson, we hope to provide a program unique in its diversity and its
energy.

For further information, please visit our web page at
http://www.as.ua.edu/english/symposium It includes a registration form
which can be printed out and faxed to Symposium Commitee, 205-3481388,
or mailed to Department of English, University of Alabama Box 870244,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0244. Please feel free also to contact me
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Philip Beidler (
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Please forward this to other people in your department who might be
interested, whether graduate students or colleagues who would not be on
my email list of Shakespearians!

 Sincerely,
 Gary Taylor
 Director, Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies

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