29 July, 5pm BST
This roundtable centres The History of Mary Prince (1831) as a profound challenge to Romanticism and as precursor to many arguments about whiteness to be made in Black Studies. It brings together experts on Prince to highlight gender, labour, motherhood and property in the text and to argue for these aspects as a powerful counter-narrative to Romanticism’s self-idealization. The panel will point to Romanticism’s need for Black studies, not as a co-opted or assimilated area, but as an external force that puts it under considerable pressure.
Our speakers will include Kristina Huang (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Shelby Johnson (Florida Atlantic University), Felicia Bishop Denaud (Brown University), and Kerry Sinanan (University of Texas at San Antonio).