“Fictions of Black Childhood”
“Fictions of Black Childhood”
Dr. Nicole King (Goldsmiths, University of London) in conversation with Professor Kandice Chuh (CUNY/The Graduate Center) to discuss King’s current book project, African American Narratives of Childhood and Racial Subjectivity.
Dr. Nicole King joined the Goldsmiths, University of London Department of English and Comparative Literature in 2017, having previously been Lecturer in American and Caribbean literature at the University of Reading, visiting lecturer at Brunel University, Associate Professor of African American and Caribbean literature at the University of California, San Diego, and Assistant Professor of African American and Caribbean literature at the University of Maryland. Dr. King is the author of C.L.R. James and Creolization: Circles of Influence (University Press of Mississippi, 2001) and is currently writing Black Childhood in Modern African American Fiction (2022) which is under contract with Edinburgh University Press. She has published essays on African American identities and literature, detective fiction, Caribbean literature, Black British fiction and teaching literature in higher education. In 2019 she appeared on the BBC Two television series, ‘Novels That Shaped Our World’ and served as the historical consultant on the acclaimed London production of Death of a Salesman. Since 2014 she has been a Trustee and Fellow of the English Association and she also serves on the Board of Moon Lane Ink, CIC , a not-for-profit company dedicated to raising equality in children’s books.
Kandice Chuh is a professor of English, American studies, and Critical Social Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is also a member of the M.A. in Liberal Studies faculty and affiliate faculty to the Africana studies program. She is currently Executive Officer (chair) of the PhD Program in English. The author of The Difference Aesthetics Makes: on the humanities ‘after Man’ (2019) and Imagine Otherwise: on Asian Americanist Critique (2003), which won the American Studies Association’s Lora Romero Book Award, Chuh is the co-editor, with Karen Shimakawa, of Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora (2001). She has published in such venues as Public Culture, American Literary History, Social Text, and the Journal of Asian American Studies. President of the American Studies Association from 2017-18, Chuh is a member of the Association for Asian American Studies and the Modern Language Association. Chuh’s ongoing research focuses on Asian racialization in the era of globalization, and her work in progress includes The Disinterested Teacher, a collection of essays on pedagogy. At the Graduate Center, she teaches courses on aesthetic theory, queer theory and queer of color critique, decolonial studies, and Asian and Asian American racialization. Chuh previously worked at the University of Maryland as a member of the faculty of the Department of English (1996-2010).
Q&A moderated by Tita Chico and William A. Cohen.