African American Literature and the Ironies and Ideals of Freedom (Part 1) (Panel)


American/Diaspora

Ben Railton (Fitchburg State University)

From Phillis Wheatley’s “Earl of Dartmouth” to Langston Hughes’s “Freedom Train,” David Walker’s Appeal to Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, African American writers and artists have both celebrated American ideals of freedom and liberty and highlighted the ironies within those national narratives. Washington, DC in 2019 will be a perfect place to discuss those voices and works, past and present. Please upload 250-word abstracts via the NeMLA portal.







From Phillis Wheatley’s “Earl of Dartmouth” to Langston Hughes’s “Freedom Train,” David Walker’s Appeal to Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, African American writers and artists have both celebrated American ideals of freedom and liberty and highlighted the ironies within those national narratives. Washington, DC in 2019 will be a perfect place to discuss those voices and works, past and present.