Professor Joshua Bennett's New Book

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Joshua Bennett has a new book Being Property Once Myself (Harvard University Press, 2020) coming out on May 12, 2020. About the book, Harvard UP writes:

A prize-winning poet argues that blackness acts as the caesura between human and nonhuman, man and animal.

Throughout U.S. history, black people have been configured as sociolegal nonpersons, a subgenre of the human. Being Property Once Myself delves into the literary imagination and ethical concerns that have emerged from this experience. Each chapter tracks a specific animal figure—the rat, the cock, the mule, the dog, and the shark—in the works of black authors such as Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Jesmyn Ward, and Robert Hayden. The plantation, the wilderness, the kitchenette overrun with pests, the simultaneous valuation and sale of animals and enslaved people—all are sites made unforgettable by literature in which we find black and animal life in fraught proximity.

‘Persepolis’ Author to Kick Off Leslie Center for the Humanities Speaker Series

From Dartmouth News, September 29, 2016

Marlon James, left, Marjane Satrapi, and Jonathan Franzen are among the writers and artists visiting campus this year in the Leslie Center for the Humanities’ speaker series.

Iranian-born graphic novelist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi, the author of Persepolis, will be on campus Oct. 6 to give a public talk at 4 p.m. in 105 Dartmouth Hall. She will meet with students in Occom Commons immediately afterward.

Satrapi’s talk kicks off a series of literary and artistic visits sponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities. “We are dedicated to bringing in voices from a diversity of cultures, from within and without the United Sates,” says Graziella Parati, the center’s director.