Hunter College Guest Lecturer: La Marr Bruce, Yale University (10/13)

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“‘The People Inside My Head, Too’ : Madness, Black Womanhood, and the Radical Performance of Lauryn Hill”

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Guest Lecture in English 250: Black Women Writers (Hunter College) by
La Marr Jurelle Bruce, Department of American and African American Studies, Yale University

La Marr Jurelle Bruce is a doctoral candidate in the Department of African-American Studies and the Program in American Studies at Yale University. His dissertation explores how “madness” has been ascribed to Afrodiasporic subjects by Eurocentric and white supremacist epistemes across modernity—and how twentieth-century African-Americans have produced, claimed, and managed “madness” for insurgent imaginations and radical creativities. La Marr’s broader intellectual commitments are to twentieth-century African-American literature; Afrodiasporic performance and popular cultures; black feminist theory and criticism; psychoanalytic literary theory; queer theory and criticism; and radical politics and subjectivities. He earned his B.A. (cum laude) in African-American Studies and English & Comparative Literature from Columbia University and has received grants from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia, the Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University, the Mellon Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.


Required Readings:
Zoe Chace, “The Many Voices Of Lauryn Hill”

J. Victoria Sanders, “The Death of L. Boogie”

Daphne Brooks, Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom (first 9 pages only):

Sigmund Freud, “Mourning and Melancholia”: “Mourning and Melancholia”

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