Hall Center For The Humanities


Lawrence Jackson
Lawrence Jackson
Professor of English and African American Studies, Emory University

"My Father's Name: A Black Virginia Family After the Civil War"
Special Events

Tue., Apr. 24, 2012, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall

Lawrence Jackson's The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics 1934-1960 (2010) is the first narrative history of the neglected but essential period of African American literature between the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights era. The years between these two indispensable epochs saw the communal rise of Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, and many other influential black writers. His April 23rd lecture will examine these tumultuous decades around World War II and discuss the rise of African-American literary theory.

Jackson is professor of English and African American Studies at Emory University, where he has been teaching since 1992. He is the author of Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius (2007), the first biography of Ralph Ellison, called "rich and meticulous" by The New York Times and "impressive" by the New York Review of Books. He also authored several articles published in journals including Southern Quarterly, American Literary History, and American Literature. His forthcoming publications include My Father's Name: A Black Virginia Family After the Civil War (2012), which is "ultimately a reflection on what it means for a black person to revisit the places where an intense violation occurred." His April 24th lecture will focus on the process of researching and writing this important publication. Dr. Jackson has lectured widely in the United States and abroad, and was featured in a 2002 documentary on Ralph Ellison's life.

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