Book Launch for “A History of the African American Novel” by Valerie Babb

Valerie Babb is Franklin Professor of English and director of the Institute for African American Studies at UGA. Her new book, A Historyof the African American Novel, was published in July 2017 by Cambridge University Press.A History of the African American Novel offers an in-depth overview of the development of the novel and its major genres. In the first part of this book, Valerie Babb examines the evolution of the novel from the 1850s to the present, showing how the concept of black identity has transformed along with the art form. The second part of this history explores the prominent genres of African American novels, such as neoslavenarratives, detective fiction, and speculative fiction, and considers how each one reflects changing understandings of blackness. This book builds on other literary histories by including early black print culture, African American graphic novels, pulp fiction, and the history of adaptation of black novels to film. By placing novels in conversation with other documents – early black newspapers and magazines, film, and authorial correspondence – A History of the African American Novel brings many voices to the table to broaden interpretations of the novel’s development.This reception with conversation and refreshments is hosted by the Willson Center. Free parking will be available nearby after 5 p.m. at the Office of International Education, 1324 S Lumpkin St. Paid parking will be available at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education parking deck.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 7:00pm

Willson Center for Humanities and Arts @ 1260 S Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30602, USA

Office of Research, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
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