The forty-sixth

Louisville Conference

on Literature and Culture since 1900

February 22-24, 2018

Brent Hayes Edwards

"Laying Transparency to Rest"

Sat. Feb. 24, 2018--4:45-6:15 PM—Speed Cinema, Speed Museum, Belknap Campus

Prof. Edwards’ talk will feature a showing of the recently restored experimental film Sweet Willie Rollbar’s Orientation, directed by the Black Artists’ Group of St. Louis.
Reception to follow.




Brent Hayes Edwards is professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of the prize-winning The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (Harvard UP, 2003) and Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination (Harvard UP, 2017). With Robert G. O'Meally and Farah Jasmine Griffin, he co-edited the collection Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia UP, 2004), and he is a co-editor of The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (third edition). He has also published work on Francophone literature, black radical intellectuals, cultural politics in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, surrealism, and 20th-century poetics. His extensive translations include work by Michel Leiris, Edouard Glissant, Jacques Derrida, Jean Baudrillard, Sony Labou Tansi, and Monchoachi. Edwards has been awarded a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship from the New York Public Library and, in 2015, a Guggenheim Fellowship. He co-edits the journal Social Text, and serves on the editorial boards of Transition and Callaloo.