Daphne Brooks: "One of these mornings, you're gonna rise up singing": Black Feminist Futurity through "Porgy and Bess"

Friday November 30

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CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series

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Fri Nov 30 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 208N, North House


Daphne Brooks
Professor, Depts. of English and African-American Studies, Princeton University

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Stella Kyriakakis


Still hailed by many as "America's greatest opera," the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess" remains an albatross around the neck of many African American performers who have grappled with its complex racial formations. This talk seeks to illuminate the secret history of black feminist performative aesthetics emerging out of a persistently controversial work of American theatre.

Daphne A. Brooks is professor of English and African-American Studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on African-American literature and culture, performance studies, critical gender studies, and popular music culture. She is the author of two books: "Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910" (Durham, NC: Duke UP), winner of the The Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship on African American Performance from ASTR; and "Jeff Buckley's Grace" (New York: Continuum, 2005). Brooks is currently working on a new book entitled "Subterranean Blues: Black Women and Sound Subcultures--from Minstrelsy through the New Millennium" (Harvard University Press, forthcoming). She is the author of numerous articles on race, gender, performance, and popular music culture. Brooks is also the author of the liner notes for "The Complete Tammi Terrell" (Universal A&R, 2010), winner of the 2011 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for outstanding music writing, and "Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia" (Sony, 2011).

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York University, Toronto