Hortense Spillers

Honorary Professor & Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Justice

About

Dr. Hortense Spillers was the Peter Wall Visiting Scholar at the Institute during the 2018 fall term. She 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.

During her semester-long residency with the Institute, Dr. Spillers held seminars and gave a well-attended lecture, “Sentiment and Sorrow”. An interrogation into relations between enslaved communities and their captors, “Sentiment and Sorrow” highlighted the status of women in three situations of rupture and revolution during the eighteenth century, in particular 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.


Teaching


Publications

Selected publications: 

Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition, eds. Hortense J. Spillers and Marjorie Pryse (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985). With Afterword by Hortense J. Spillers.

Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text, ed. with intro. Hortense J. Spillers. Selected Papers from the English Institute (New York: Routledge, Chapman, and Hall; 1991).

Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture. University of Chicago Press, Spring 2003.


Additional Description

Dr. Hortense Spillers was the Peter Wall Visiting Scholar at the Institute during the 2018 fall term. She 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.


Hortense Spillers

Honorary Professor & Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Justice

About

Dr. Hortense Spillers was the Peter Wall Visiting Scholar at the Institute during the 2018 fall term. She 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.

During her semester-long residency with the Institute, Dr. Spillers held seminars and gave a well-attended lecture, “Sentiment and Sorrow”. An interrogation into relations between enslaved communities and their captors, “Sentiment and Sorrow” highlighted the status of women in three situations of rupture and revolution during the eighteenth century, in particular 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.


Teaching


Publications

Selected publications: 

Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition, eds. Hortense J. Spillers and Marjorie Pryse (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985). With Afterword by Hortense J. Spillers.

Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text, ed. with intro. Hortense J. Spillers. Selected Papers from the English Institute (New York: Routledge, Chapman, and Hall; 1991).

Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture. University of Chicago Press, Spring 2003.


Additional Description

Dr. Hortense Spillers was the Peter Wall Visiting Scholar at the Institute during the 2018 fall term. She 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.


Hortense Spillers

Honorary Professor & Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Justice
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Dr. Hortense Spillers was the Peter Wall Visiting Scholar at the Institute during the 2018 fall term. She 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.

During her semester-long residency with the Institute, Dr. Spillers held seminars and gave a well-attended lecture, “Sentiment and Sorrow”. An interrogation into relations between enslaved communities and their captors, “Sentiment and Sorrow” highlighted the status of women in three situations of rupture and revolution during the eighteenth century, in particular 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.

Teaching keyboard_arrow_down
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Selected publications: 

Conjuring: Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition, eds. Hortense J. Spillers and Marjorie Pryse (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985). With Afterword by Hortense J. Spillers.

Comparative American Identities: Race, Sex, and Nationality in the Modern Text, ed. with intro. Hortense J. Spillers. Selected Papers from the English Institute (New York: Routledge, Chapman, and Hall; 1991).

Black, White, and in Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture. University of Chicago Press, Spring 2003.

Additional Description keyboard_arrow_down

Dr. Hortense Spillers was the Peter Wall Visiting Scholar at the Institute during the 2018 fall term. She 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.