The Hunter College Department of English & Graduate English Club Presents:
"'Back Pedaling Into Mayflower Time':
Malcolm X, C.L.R. James and the Black Radical Tragic"
a presentation by
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Hunter College
November 24th, 2008, 7:30PM
11106 Hunter North
Professor Glick couples together some observations on Malcolm X's use of memorable lines from William Shakespeare during his 1964 Oxford Union debate presentation with an introduction to how he is reading C.L.R. James's use of the tragic in his historical writings on the Haitian Revolution. His commentary begins with an extended engagement with Guyanese novelist, critic, and political activist Jan Carew's reflections of his time with Malcolm recorded in Carew's 1994 memoir: Ghosts in Our Blood: With Malcolm X in Africa, England, and the Caribbean. Both Malcolm and James frame the tragic as a term that mines the importance of both the contingent and the strategic in challenging both liberalism and right-wing dominance.
This talk is free and open to the public.