Shipwrecks: Travel, Gender, and Migrations (1788-2012)
Francoise Lionnet, UCLA
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Hawkins-Carlson Room, RRL
Shipwreck narratives have featured prominently in early modern and modern times, during the long age of sail that culminated with the Romantic sublime and its corresponding visual representations of maritime disasters. Today, thousands of migrants from the global south bring new meaning to representations of the drowning body. This talk will range broadly from visual artists--Joseph Vernet, Isaac Julien, Berni Searl and Helen Pynor--to novelists--Bernardin de St-Pierre, Amitav Ghosh—whose engagement with the sea and its dangers has been noteworthy.
co-sponsored with The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, The Morey Fund and The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies