Simon Gikandi lecture

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Date/Time: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm


Simon Gikandi, Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University, has written widely on Anglophone African and Caribbean literature, postcolonial and diasporic theory, and the cultural history of slavery. His books include “Slavery and the Culture of Taste,” “Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature,” and “Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism.” His lecture reassesses the persistent neglect of the African slave’s presence in the dominant theories of modernity, postmodernity, and posthumanism. He places particular emphasis on the slave’s experience of negation in captivity and the mandate it provides for reconceiving the great narratives of European subjectivity from Hegel to Foucault and Agamben.