On Race and Historicism: A Polemic in Three Turns
Race has become a site of active conversation in early modern studies. This talk strives to make that conversation more historically grounded, while also bearing in mind the ways in which Black studies challenges historicism as traditionally practiced. Such concerns will guide a brief discussion of current critical response to Shakespeare’s Tempest, and a reflection on Milton’s Samson Agonistes in light of Nyasha Junior and Jeremy Schipper’s recently released Black Samson (Oxford, 2020).
Feisal G. Mohamed is Professor of English at Yale University. His most recent book is Sovereignty: Seventeenth-Century England and the Making of the Modern Political Imaginary (Oxford, 2020).
Please email [email protected] for a Zoom link by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 9, 2021.
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