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'Slavery's Interior: Cinema and the Performative Traumas of History'
On Tuesday, April 2, Yale scholar Anthony Reed will lecture on "Slavery's Interior: Cinema and the Performative Traumas of History." Reed's talk, part of the Humanities Center Lecture Series on Love and Desire, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Mali 2 lecture hall (Dana 202).
Chattel slavery is both formative to U.S. history and state institutions and foreign to our common understandings of our national spirit. So what audience desires do films about slavery satisfy?
Starting from the assumption that most cinematic depictions of slavery are at bottom representations of abolition, this presentation advances new accounts of recent films such as Amistad and Django Unchained. Through that analysis, this talk will ask about the place of desire in, and for, these films.
Anthony Reed is assistant professor of English and African American studies at Yale University. His research focuses on the intersections of aesthetics and politics in 20th and 21st century literature and film.
An exciting line-up of scholars, performers and artists will continue on Tuesday evenings throughout the spring semester in the Humanities Center Lecture Series on Love and Desire, led by Dr. Nicholas Ealy of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts & Sciences. All students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community, are invited to explore love and desire in disciplines from the sciences to the arts, media, psychology, history, film, philosophy, and literature. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dana 202/Mali 2 lecture hall, and are free and open to the general public.