November 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Hardison Presents on ‘Re-Reading African American Literary History’

Dr. Ayesha Hardison presented two lectures Nov. 13 at the College of Wooster.

“Re-Reading African American Literary History”

Abstract: What do critiques of the film The Help, comic strips, Reverend Al Sharpton, and African American literary history have in common? Come find out! Professor Andreá Williams (Ohio State University) will share from her book Dividing Lines: Class Anxiety and Postbellum Black Fiction and Professor Ayesha Hardison (Ohio University) will present from her book Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature.

“How to Watch TV Like  Professor”

Abstract: Are you a freshman or sophomore wanting to learn how to better speak and write about visual texts? Are you grappling with pop culture for your junior or senior Independent Study project? Are you a staff, faculty, or community member itching to discuss media and gender studies? Come hear what two local scholars look for and ask while THEY are watching television—and then share your own viewing practices. Professor Andreá Williams (Ohio State University) will explain why she is a feminist viewer of Scandal. Professor Ayesha Hardison (Ohio University) will closely analyze one controversial scene from How to Get Away With Murder.

Dr. Ayesha Hardison

Dr. Ayesha Hardison

About Hardison: Hardison is Associate Professor of English at Ohio University, where she teaches courses in African American literature. Her first book, Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature (American Literatures Initiative, University of Virginia Press, 2014), examines representations of African American women during the World War II/pre-modern Civil Rights era and the politics of black literary production during that period.

She is the Fall 2014 Langston Hughes Visiting Professor at the University of Kansas. The Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship was established at the University of Kansas in 1977 in honor of the African American poet, playwright and fiction writer who lived in Lawrence from 1903 to 1916. The professorship brings a prominent or emerging minority scholar to KU for one semester each year.

Hardison is serving as a visiting professor in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Earning her doctorate in English from the University of Michigan, Hardison has received fellowships and awards from The National Academies Ford Foundation, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium in Chicago and the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in African-American literature at Pennsylvania State University.

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