Phillis Wheatley and Friends: Celebrating 250 Years of Wheatley’s Poems
Members: $175 | Non-members: $200
Phillis Wheatley is often fixed in time as a lone, singular voice. This course will introduce students to another story for the young poet and, by implication, a new story for early African American writing. What if Wheatley is not by herself, but is instead an active interlocutor, friend, writer, and lover in various communities throughout New England, England, and elsewhere? These communities buy Wheatley’s book, live through a war, and later have to mourn the loss of their friend. They are communities, too, that write, read, and leave behind a legacy in manuscript and in print. The aim of this virtual seminar is to ask new questions and to situate this writing amidst old, new, and different ways of reading and to center the living of Black women and men in the latter half of the eighteenth century.
Session One: Wednesday, April 12th | 6:00-7:30pm
Session Two: Wednesday, April 19th | 6:00-7:30pm
Session Three: Wednesday, April 26th | 6:00-7:30pm
All sessions will be hosted on Zoom.
Dr. Tara Bynum is an Assistant Professor of English