Ayanna Thompson (Regents Professor of English Arizona State University and Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
Christina Sharpe’s In the Wake (Duke UP, 2016) offers a stark re-theorization of black subjectivity in the 21st century. This seminar will explore if/how Sharpe’s theories can be applied to premodern history, culture, and texts.
PhD candidates interested in discussing their research with Professor Thompson are invited to contact Natalie Oeltjen to set up a virtual meeting.
Ayanna Thompson is a scholar of Shakespeare, race, and performance. She is the author of many books including Blackface and Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America. As a Professor of English at Arizona State University, she directs the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, where she created RaceB4Race, an ongoing conference series and professional network community by and for scholars of color working on issues of race in premodern literature, history and culture.