Reed College

The Racial Mountain: Permission, the Black Mountain School, and the Problem of Ancestry

C.S. Giscombe will give this spring's David Eddings Lecture.

This lecture will consider some aesthetic and racial underpinnings of literary production, especially in terms of “experimental” or “difficult” texts. In particular, Giscombe will address the question of what happens and what’s at stake when contemporary North American poets of color claim literary ancestry, especially when such ancestry includes white writers, both those “of good will” and those whose work exhibits racist thinking.   

C.S. Giscombe is currently a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His recent books include Into and Out of DislocationPrairie StyleOhio RailroadsBorder Towns, and others. He is currently at work on a poetry book titled Negro Mountain and a multi-genre prose book titled Railroad Sense. His writing has recently appeared in Chicago ReviewCallalooIowa Review, and elsewhere.

Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 22 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Eliot Hall, Chapel

Event Type

Lecture

Audience

Faculty & Staff, Students, Alumni, General Public

Departments

English

Cost

Free

External ID

1181353

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