CHESTER HIMES’ LATE FICTION AND WHITE ON BLACK VIOLENCE IN AMERICA – ALICE CRAVEN
KR SALON PARIS
16 Dec 2015
We are back with the last KR Salon this year with Alic Craven from the American University of Paris.
Biography: Alice Mikal Craven is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Chair of Film Studies at the American University of Paris. She has co-edited two volumes on the work of Richard Wright and has published on authors such as James Baldwin, Chester Himes, and Bertolt Brecht as well as filmmakers Rachid Bouchareb and Jean-Luc Godard. She is working on the question of American white supremacy in the cinema.
Abstract: Black American writer Chester Himes turned his back on America for good in the 1950’s after a brief stint in prison and a less than stellar writing career (at least as far as white publishers were concerned) in the U.S. His late fiction, notably Blind Man with a Pistol and the posthumously published Plan B give vent to his rage against America at the same time that the novels dissect the origins of not only Himes’ rage but perhaps also the rage fueling today’s white on black violence in America. Part analysis, part readings of the texts themselves, Alice Mikal Craven looks at how Himes’ works potentially illuminate issues of white on black violence in American today.
All are welcome – and there is going to be wine!
We are going for dinner after and you are welcome to join!