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February 18: Hazel V. Carby: "Bristol Dreams Jamaica"

Thursday, February 18, 4:15 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
Free and open to the public | Refreshments to follow

For more than twenty years Hazel V. Carby has been redefining African American studies. Born in Britain of Jamaican and Welsh parents, she has broadened the range of African American scholarship by situating it in the larger context of the international black diaspora. Carby, the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies and Professor of American Studies at Yale, has also introduced to the field her own distinctive style of Marxist feminism. Focused as much on social conditions and material realities as on literature, her work not only gives voice and prominence to previously overlooked women writers, but also examines political activists, artists, popular musicians and other African American cultural figures. When Carby's attention turns to contemporary society, she deftly exposes the contradictions between fashionable forms of racial inclusion and less visible but more insidious structures of ethnic exclusion that operate in today's global economy.

Hazel Carby's books include Reconstructing Womanhood (Oxford, 1987), Race Men (Harvard, 1998), and Cultures in Babylon (Verso, 1999). Her current book in progress is Child of Empire. At Yale she teaches courses on issues of race, gender and sexuality through the culture and literature of the Caribbean and its diaspora; through transnational and postcolonial literature and theory; through representations of the black female body; and through the genres of science fiction.

In 2007 Columbia University's Institute for Research on Women & Gender organized "Reconstructing Womanhood--A Future Beyond Empire," a symposium to honor Professor Carby and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Reconstructing Womanhood.

Additional Black History Month at Yale events can be found here: http://bit.ly/b6C8q6.