Kaplan Lecture by Phillip Brian Harper
September 29, 2016
UMass Amherst Campus
The English Department presents the 21st Annual Sidney Kaplan Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Phillip Brian Harper of New York University:
"Challenges of Literary Contemporariness: The Case of Rankine's Citizen"
Harper is the Enrich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature and professor of social and cultural analysis and English at NYU. A literary scholar and cultural critic, his work primarily concerns 20th-century American fiction; the lived negotiation of racial, gender and sexual identities; and various modes of mass-cultural production, circulation and consumption. He is the author of “Framing the Margins: The Social Logic of Postmodern Culture” (Oxford UP, 1994); “Are We Not Men? Masculine Anxiety and the Problem of African-American Identity” (Oxford UP, 1996); and “Private Affairs: Critical Ventures in the Culture of Social “Private (NYU Press, 1999). Harper's most recent book, “Abstractionish Aesthetics” (NYU Press, 2015), considers the social-critical potential of abstractionism, as contrasted with realism, in African-American expressive culture. His work has been supported by fellowships from several institutions, including the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The lecture is free and open to the public. It has been supported by the departments of History and Afro-American Studies.
The Campus Center is located in the middle of campus at 1 Campus Center Way. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.