Charlene wrote a new post, Charlene Obernauer, reading response to Dark Matters, on the site Black Listed: African American Writers and the Cold War Politics of Integration, Surveillance, Censorship, and Publication 1 week, 3 days ago
In Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness, Simone Brown analyzes the surveillance of black people throughout society and over time and acts of resistance to this racialized surveillance. “Surveillance is […]
Charlene wrote a new post, Charlene Obernauer: Reflection on Maxwell’s Total Literary Awareness, on the site Black Listed: African American Writers and the Cold War Politics of Integration, Surveillance, Censorship, and Publication 2 weeks, 2 days ago
William Maxwell’s “Total Literary Awareness: How the FBI Pre-Read African American Writing” shines a light on Hoover’s Total Literary Awareness campaign in the FBI and its racist screening of Black writers […]
Hi Charlene, Thanks for this and thanks for letting us know you wouldn’t be in class last night. As it turned out, neither Flora nor Chelsea were either. Please make sure you check in with Damele, the only one there, so your Group can move ahead. Your blog post is excellent and raises issues that I know we’ll be looking at again: “However, the agent expressed concern over Hansberry’s depiction of Africa, concerns that, according to Maxwell, made their way all the way to the Einsenhower Administration and impacted U.S.-Africa policy.” That conduit of artist/FBI surveillance/US policy abroad is going to be a major theme throughout the class. You’ll find that we took fairly extensive collaborative notes on the class Google Doc so you can see what you missed–much of it in this direction. See you next week. Take care!
Thanks so much! Reviewing the notes from the last class now.