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CRES CLASSICS: Scenes of Subjection, with the History Department

Professors Radhika Natarajan of the Reed History Department and Anoop Mirpuri of the PSU English Department present a CRES Classics discussion of Saidiya V. Hartman's Scenes of Subjection.

Saidiya Hartman's 1997 Scenes of Subjection has become a classic in black, literary, and performance studies for her analysis of everyday “scenes" of domination, specifically the nexus of terror and enjoyment in formation of modern radicalized subjectivity. Hartman examines depictions of mastery in abolitionist literature, popular entertainment, and legal cases to not only show the ways that pleasure, amusement, and empathy were bound with terror, but also the possibilities for resistance on the part of the enslaved and free in performance and everyday life. In this conversation, we will discuss Hartman's intervention, the stakes of her work, and the continued relevance of her analysis.

This is a brown bag event, bring your lunch! If interested in attending, please contact Charlie Wilcox at to obtain any required or recommended reading materials.

Monday, February 25, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Performing Arts Building, PAB 104
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Faculty, Students, Staff, Prospective Students


discussion, performance art, CRES, history, English


Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies (CRES)


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