LLC African American Forum Executive Committee:

Jervette Ward, January 2023 (2021-January 2022 Chair)
Kristin Moriah, January 2024 (2021-January 2022 Secretary)
Sharon Lynette Jones, January 2025
Dorothy Tsuruta, January 2026
Julius Fleming, January 2027

Afro-Modernist Lit/Film and the Long Durée

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    Cedric R. Tolliver

    MLA 2015 Vancouver Panel Proposal:

    We solicit papers on afro-modernist literature and film that reveal the usefulness and limits of the long durée as an analytical tool. How do African American and other Black diasporic texts engage the dialectic between modernist aesthetics and philosophical concerns with history? Does this engagement move beyond both the imperative of the present and the idea of origins? Some examples of how the temporal expansion is elaborated by modernist projects are Ralph Ellison’s strategy of “diggin’ in” the temporal layers of the architecture of Rome, the epic poems by Melvin Tolson, the diasporic cartography of Haile Gerima’s films. How does this approach to the workings of history produce an alternative language to discuss the epistemologies of afro-modernism? Do these epistemologies foreground forms of historical agency and aesthetic innovation that resist the devouring inclusiveness of imperial centers? Send a 250-word abstract by March 15 to Sara Marzioli – and Cedric Tolliver –

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