5 pm to 7 pm
“An America(n)? Exception: Anna Julia Cooper and the Problem of Blackness”
Cyraina Johnson-Roullier, University of Notre Dame
“An America(n) of Exception?: Anna Julia Cooper and the Problem of Blackness,” treats Cooper’s 1925 Sorbonne dissertation, L’Attitude de la France à l’égard de l’esclavage pendant la revolution (Slavery and the French and Haitian Revolutionists), arguing that Cooper’s revisionist history reads race through a rhetorical struggle between natural and positive law whose hemispheric proportions allow her to address its by-product of blackness as an artificially imposed problem, by which she also puts forward a covert critique of race relations in early 20th-century America and complicates the intersection of race and modernity.
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