Join The Philosophy Society at their last lecture event of the semester!
The event will take place at TAMIU Bob Bullock RM 118 from 3pm-5pm on Friday, December 1st.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.
Charles Chesnutt was the most popular African American fiction writer in the late-nineteenth century, yet few have heard of him today. His stories appeared in popular magazines such as the Atlantic Monthly, the Century Magazine, and Harper’s while his books were celebrated by major critics. Dr. Chakkalakal’s upcoming biography reveals the story of Chesnutt’s remarkable life, how he managed to rise from his impoverished beginnings in rural North Carolina as the son of “free colored” parents to become a leading figure of American literature.
Tess Chakkalakal is author of Jim Crow, Literature and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs (2013) and Novel Bondage: Marriage, Slavery, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America (2011), which received the Robert K. Martin best Book Prize in 2012. She is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.