Prof. Dr. Eva Boesenberg (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): "Knowledge and Discomfort: Reading Toni Morrison's 'Recitatif' as a White Person"

Monday, June 20, 2022, 18:15-19:45 p.m., online lecture
Zoom-Call ID: 655 4550 1538 (opens at 6 p.m. sharp)

In this talk, Prof. Boesenberg will read Toni Morrison's short story "Recitatif" from the vantage point of Critical Whiteness Studies, attempting to reflect her own social position in the process of interpretation. Following George Yancy, she will argue that dwelling in the discomfort generated by candid discussions of 'race' and racism can be a fruitful strategy for white people as they try to become what Miranda Fricker has described as "responsible hearers." Finally, Prof. Boesenberg will ask what productive practical consequences of such a way of reading might be.

Eva Boesenberg teaches North American literature and culture at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her research interests include critical race theory, critical whiteness studies, African American literature and culture, South Asian North American literature, gender studies, economics and literature, Barbie dolls, and the cultural significance of sports (especially basketball). (website)