“What had become of me?”: Bird, Blackface, and the Borders of Belonging
Wednesday 5th December, 5:30pm at The Hive
This week’s paper in the School of Humanities Research Seminar series is brought to us by Dr Hannah Murray of Kings College London. Her paper discusses racial transformation in Robert Montgomery Bird’s Sheppard Lee (1836), in which a white man temporarily lives as a black slave. In creating a textual blackface, Murray argues Bird ridicules antebellum white civic values of autonomy and industry while exorcising fears of real African-American political and social mobility.
Refreshments are provided, all welcome.