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Friday, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 8B, ACC

Racialized Publics: Law and Citizenship in Antebellum American Literary Studies

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A special session. Presiding: Srabanti Munia Bhaumik, Emory Univ.

Speakers: Benjamin Bascom, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Srabanti Munia Bhaumik; Eric Cheyfitz, Cornell Univ.; Janet Neary, Hunter Coll., City Univ. of New York; Hoang Phan, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst

Respondent: Edlie L. Wong, Univ. of Maryland, College Park

Panelists consider the topic of law and citizenship in antebellum American literary studies, with the objective of comparing methods for accounting for race and restrictions on rights. Discussion broaches how to read and teach the legal history of race through an account of print culture, including African American newspapers and antislavery genres.

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