`All Things are Becoming New': Antebellum African American Literary Societies and Traditions of Modernity

Carla L. Peterson

University of Maryland, College Park

Carla L. Peterson is Professor Emerita in the Department of English, University of Maryland, College Park. She has published numerous essays on nineteenth-century African American literature, history, and culture.  Her books include “Doers of the Word”: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North, 1830-1880 (Oxford, 1995) and Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City (Yale, 2011).  Enabled by a 2016-2017 Guggenheim fellowship, she has embarked on a new book project, tentatively titled “All Things are Becoming New”: Taste and the Making of African American Modernity in Antebellum New York and Philadelphia."


This panel eschews consideration of individual genius to examine antebellum African American literary institutions as sites of collective production and dissemination of intellectual knowledge. It focuses on the ways in which... [ view full abstract ]


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P36 » Collaboration and the Production of Intellectual Knowledge: African American Literary Institutions in the Antebellum North (10:15 - Friday, 23rd March, Fiesta I-II)

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