Description: Panelists take up questions of “race before race,” asking what has been, and what should be, the role of the premodern in the transhistorical study of race. Presentations interrogate Chaucer’s and Shakespeare’s entanglements in the history of racialization, excavating and confronting the roles these hypercanonical authors have played in the development of racial thinking.
Katherine Gillen, Texas A&M U, San Antonio
Kyle Grady, U of California, Irvine
Dorothy Kim, Brandeis U
Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh, U of California, Berkeley
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Northwestern U
Geraldine Heng, U of Texas, Austin