Past Event

Matt Sandler's The Black Romantic Revolution: Abolitionist Poets at the End of Slavery

November 13, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Online Event Zoom
On Friday, 30th October 12-1:30pm we will be celebrating the publication of Matt Sandler's The Black Romantic Revolution: Abolitionist Poets at the End of Slavery (Verso, 2020). Co-sponsored by the 20/21 American and C19 American colloquia, the event is part of the English and Comparative Literature Department's "First Books" series, which spotlights the publications of former graduate students. Matt, who is currently the Program Director of the MA in American Studies at Columbia, will discuss both the content of The Black Romantic Revolution and the process of conceiving and completing a first published monograph. The event will include responses from Prof. Brent Hayes Edwards and Tiana Reid, as well as a Q & A segment.


Description of The Black Romantic Revolution

During the pitched battle over slavery in the United States, Black writers -- enslaved and free -- allied themselves with the cause of abolition and used their art to advocate for emancipation and to envision the end of slavery as a world-historical moment of possibility. These Black writers borrowed from the European tradition of Romanticism -- lyric poetry, prophetic visions -- to write, speak, and sing their hopes for what freedom might mean. At the same time, they voiced anxieties about the expansion of global capital and US imperial power in the aftermath of slavery. They also focused on the ramifications of slavery's sexual violence. Authors like Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, George Moses Horton, Albery Allson Whitman, and Joshua McCarter Simpson conceived the Civil War as a revolutionary upheaval on par with Europe's stormy Age of Revolutions. The Black Romantic Revolution proposes that the Black Romantics' cultural innovations have shaped Black radical culture to this day, from the blues to hip hop to Black nationalism and Black feminism. Their expressions of love and rage, grief and determination, dreams and nightmares, still echo into our present. 

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Topic: Matt Sandler's Book Celebration -- The Black Romantic Revolution: Abolitionist Poets at the End of Slavery
Time: Oct 30, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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