Faculty Research Forum: David Anderson, English

“Moses in the American Landscape: George Marion McClellan and the Prospect of African American Literature in the Age of Jim Crow”
When Feb 15, 2013
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Humanities BLDG, Room 300
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Contact Phone 502-852-8977
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Louisville poet George Marion McClellan (1860-1934) was one of the most talented and ambitious African American poets in the generation before the Harlem Renaissance. At a time when African American writers sought a literature that challenged the racial assumptions underlying Jim Crow policies, McClellan focused on nature lyrics that attacked conventions of Southern pastoral, challenged myths of American settlement, and pointed out the Social Darwinist assumptions that underlay racial politics in the United States. McClellan saw himself as a cultural precursor to later writers, so that his landscape poems are searches for signs of a more hopeful future that he personally he would not live to experience.

David Anderson is associate professor in English and a specialist in African-American literature with an emphasis on the Harlem Renaissance and American Poetry.

Faculty Research Forum, an ongoing project of the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society (CCHS), offers research-based talks for an interdisciplinary audience by UofL faculty and occasional guests. It includes a presentation followed by a lively Q&A, fueled by various sorts of refreshments.

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