David Bradley's 'Eulogy for N*****'
Part of the Post-Colonial Research Seminar Series
An hour long seminar delivered by Jean Morris (Travel/Creative Writing PhD, NTU) leading a discussion session on David Bradley's 'Eulogy for N*****' (excerpts provided in advance).
- When: Wednesday 7 February 2018, 2 pm
- Location: MAE 101, Mary Ann Evans, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS,
In 2007, the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People staged a public burial in Detroit for the 'N' word that had been used as a despicable racial slur against African Americans for centuries. Yet African American author David Bradley's response was a provocatively titled essay 'Eulogy for Nigger' (2007), in which he challenges the burial of that term.
'I speak not to dispute but to augment' Bradley states as he begins his eulogy for the figure he identifies as a much loved friend and mentor, 'Nigger'. Augmentation will inform the spirit of this discussion about Bradley's text. We'll be asking questions such as how stereotypes are formed and sustained, whether they can change over time, or whether they should be suppressed at all costs. We'll also discuss how Bradley 'rewrites' history particularly through galvanising techniques more commonly associated with fiction. How do these techniques challenge more conventional historical narratives, and how might they give us access to a more emotionally charged historical sensorium?
Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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