"Editing Early African American Literature," the Forty-Eighth Conference on Editorial Problems, co-convened by Jeannine DeLombard (University of Toronto); Kenneth Warren (University of Chicago); and Tess Chakkalakal (Bowdoin College), will be held on Friday 9 November and Saturday 10 November 2012 in the Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto.
The objective of this conference is to assemble an international group of scholars to address and evaluate editorial approaches to early African American Literature. Examining recent methods used to recover and rethink works by Olaudah Equiano, Frances E.W. Harper, Harriet Wilson, Hannah Crafts, and Julia Collins, we hope to understand the complex relation between race and editorial practices during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Important topics will include: Sutton E. Griggs and the black-owned publishing industry, white editor/black author, oral culture vs. print culture, and digitizing dialect.
The final program is listed below; changes in the schedule will be posted as necessary. All sessions will be held at The Munk School (see map for directions).
FRIDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 2012
SESSION ONE: What Is an African American Book?
SESSION TWO: Who is an African American Author?
RECEPTION AND WELCOME REMARKS
SATURDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 2012
SESSION THREE: Who Is an African American Reader?
SESSION FOUR: Texts and Methods