Gloria Naylor and Her Archives, Modern and Medieval
Friday, January 31, 2020, 10:00am - 03:00pm
Academic Building West, Room 6051, 15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick
This one-day conference takes the occasion of digitizing Gloria Naylor’s archives at Lehigh University to examine some of the questions this resource and this unique project raises: Naylor’s significance and her contribution to the African American tradition; African American tradition and the problem of the archive; and Naylor’s striking and abiding interest in the Middle Ages.
10:15 Suzanne Edwards, “Medieval Myth-Making in Gloria Naylor’s Sapphira Wade.”
11:30 Shaundra Myers, “Black Women’s Identity Travels.”
1:30 Erica Edwards, “Paranoid Black Femininity and the Postwar Writerscape: On Naylor’s 1996.”
2:30 Response: Mary Alcaro, Danielle Allor, Ariel Martino, Amadi Ozier