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Black History Month - Public Lecture: Professor Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

A College of Humanities lecture
Date23 October 2020

This lecture will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Please see below for further details.

“Sarah E. Farro: What a newly discovered African American writer can tell us about the British Victorian Novel”

This lecture will be held via Microsoft Teams and anyone can attend by clicking the link below and following the instructions:

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Join Professor Gerzina in this free online public lecture, exploring the life and work of a newly-rediscovered African-American writer, and what we can learn from it about the Victorian novel.

A former honorary fellow at Exeter, Professor Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina is Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prof. Gerzina is a distinguished scholar of both Black British and African American history and literature. She has written seven books, including Black England: Life Before Emancipation (1995) and Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Family Moved out of Slavery and into Legend (2018). In 2016 she presented “Britain’s Black Past” for BBC Radio 4, and is the editor of a new collection of essays based on the series, also called Britain’s Black Past (Liverpool University Press, 2000). In October 2020, she will be appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Private Passions, and will be launching a new podcast on the black presence in British art, called BP2: Black People in British Portraiture, with guests including actor Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, The Leftovers).

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