18th-/19th-Century Colloquium presents Daniel Hack
1/31/2014, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Presenter: Daniel Hack, University of Michigan
"The Textual Mulatto/a: Charles Chesnutt and Nineteenth-Century British Literature."
Reception to follow from 4-5 p.m. in the Warren Center.
Daniel Hack is Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan, where he is also the Director of Graduate Studies. His first book, The Material Interests of the Victorian Novel, appeared from the University of Virginia Press in 2005. He is currently completing a groundbreaking transatlantic study of “the African-Americanization of British literature” in the nineteenth century, examining all of the complicated ways that African-American writers adopted, invoked, and rebelled against the works of British writers. This book is not yet published but it has already received acclaim in articles appearing in ELH, Victorian Studies, Novel, and Critical Inquiry. In 2013 Professor Hack was the winner of NAVSA’s prestigious Donald Gray prize for his article “The Afro-Haitian ‘Charge of the Light Brigade,’” (appearing in Victorian Studies in 2012), which showed how Tennyson’s poem was used in Atlantic debates surrounding race, culture, and antislavery violence. He also received Honorable Mention for the same award in 2008 for his article in Critical Inquity, "Close Reading at a Distance: The African Americanization of Bleak House," which analyzed the newly-discovered slave narrative by the American writer Hannah Crafts.