Hortense Spillers: “Sentiment and Sorrow: What the Eighteenth Century Teaches Us.”

The Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Series presents:

Dr. Hortense Spillers
Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor, Vanderbilt University and
Peter Wall Institute International Visiting Research Scholar

“Sentiment and Sorrow: What the Eighteenth Century Teaches Us.

December 5, 6pm
Frederic Wood Theatre
354 Crescent Rd, UBC


Sponsored by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, UBC

All events are free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.

An interrogation into relations between enslaved communities and their captors, “Sentiment and Sorrow” highlights the status of women in three situations of rupture and revolution during the eighteenth century—in St. Domingue that becomes Haiti, in the British colonies of North America that will become the United States of America, and in the French revolutionary state; of particular interest here is the extra burden of being and history borne by enslaved women and what it might suggest about the meanings of intimacy, sentiment, and sexuality under conditions of enslavement. Slavery intimates crisis across the social order, not for the enslaved alone.

Dr. Hortense Spillers is an American literary critic, Black Feminist scholar and the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor at Vanderbilt University. A scholar of the African diaspora, Spillers is known for her essays on African-American literature in Black, White, and In Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2003 and Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text, published by Routledge in 1991. (Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies)