Mammoth Cave's Black Power

Lara Cohen

Swarthmore College

Lara Langer Cohen is Associate Professor of English at Swarthmore College. She is the author of The Fabrication of American Literature: Fraudulence and Antebellum Print Culture and co-editor, with Jordan Alexander Stein, of Early African American Print Culture (both University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). She has published essays on topics including Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave, amateur journalism, mourning poetry, literary critical puffing, and summer jams. Currently she is working on a study of nineteenth-century undergrounds titled "Before Subculture."


Lara Langer Cohen’s paper, “Mammoth Cave’s Black Power,” considers Kentucky’s famous cave as an unexpected site for nineteenth-century theorizations of racial blackness. Mammoth Cave became a major tourist... [ view full abstract ]


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P86 » The Subterranean Nineteenth Century (15:45 - Saturday, 24th March, Fiesta III-IV)

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