Cultivation and Catastrophe: The Lyric Ecology of Modern Black Literature

Event Description:

Join us for a panel discussion of Sonya Posmentier's new book, Cultivation and Catastrophe: The Lyric Ecology of Modern Black Literature. Going against the grain of scholarship that has situated modern black diasporic agency largely in metropolitan sites, the book traces a black literary history of environmental and social disaster while exploring the possibilities and limits of poetry as an archive for black modern culture in its many forms. Panelists will discuss the significance of black poetry for theories of modern lyric, as well as for conversations about environmental change and crisis.

Brent Edwards
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Tao Leigh Goffe
Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU

Sonya Posmentier
Assistant Professor of English, NYU

Evie Shockley
Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University

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