April 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Chesnutt Graduate Reading Series, April 19

Photo of open old vintage books to the horizon

The English Department holds its annual Charles W. Chesnutt Graduate Reading Series event April 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Lindley N175.

Yavanna Brownlee, portrait

Yavanna Brownlee

Graduate student Yavanna Brownlee will present “Leading Students to Practice Concepts of Relationships through Teaching Indigenous Trauma and Resistance.”

Brownlee is a doctoral student in Rhetoric and Composition, focusing on indigenous rhetorics.

“Practicing concepts of relationship—respect, responsibility, and reciprocity—in the classroom is practicing care as it extends to students, materials, and self. Through these concepts, I have found a place for myself in Indigenous Rhetorics scholarship,” she says.

Susanna Hempstead, outdoors portrait

Susanna Hempstead

Susanna Hempstead will present “They don’t succeed with me”: Imperial Amnesia and Colonial Resistance in Jean Rhys’s Let Them Call it Jazz.

Hempstead is a third-year doctoral student in Literature with a focus on women in postcolonial and global modernist literature. She has presented work at Northeastern MLA, South Central MLA, and the International Virginia Woolf Conference, among others.

Her essay “‘once a bitch always a bitch’: rereading Caddy in The Sound and the Fury” is forthcoming in The Faulkner Journal.

Regina Yui Jien Yoong, portrait

Regina Yui Jien Yoong

Regina Yoong Yui Jien will present “The Turbaned Mammy: Layers of History, Imagination and Power in Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition.

Yoong is a first-year doctoral student in Literature. Her field of interest is in 19th-century American literature, especially revolving around the themes of womanhood. She’s originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but is currently enjoying life in this small neighborhood, Athens, Ohio.

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