“African American Humor: Striving and Surviving” Lecture

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“African American Humor: Striving and Surviving” Lecture

Feb 19, 2017 3:00 pm - Feb 19, 2017 5:00 pm

Middlesex County Museum’s  Black History Month Program

 

Join Dr. Daryl Cumber Dance for the discussion the many functions historically served by humor in the African American community, including to teach, attack, empower, overcome, educate, and survive. Dr. Dance has researched and written extensively about African American humor and folklore. Among the many books that she has written are Honey, Hush!  An Anthology of African American Women’s

Humor (1998), Shuckin’ and Jivin’: Folklore from Contemporary Black Americans (1978), From My People: 400 Years of African American Folklore (2002), and Long Gone: The Mecklenburg Six and the Theme of Escape in Black Folklore (1987). Hear the humor come alive as Dr. Dance shares  readings from Shuckin’ and Jivin’, Honey, Hush! and From My People.

A prolific writer, Dr Dance is a also a scholar of the literature and folklore of the Caribbean. She wrote Folklore from Contemporary Jamaicans (1985), Fifty Caribbean Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical and Critical Sourcebook, (1986); and New World Adams: Conversations with Contemporary West Indian Writers (1992). Dr. Dance’s publications include a genealogy of her own family, The Lineage of Abraham: The Biography of a Free Black Family in Charles City, Virginia (1999).  Her most recent book is about the mother of contemporary novelist Jamaica Kincaid and is entitled, In Search of Annie Drew: Kincaid’s Mother and Muse, University of Virginia Press, 2016.

Daryl Cumber Dance is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. She also taught at Virginia State College and the University of California at Santa Barbara.  During the spring semester of 2013 she held the Sterling A. Brown Chair of English at Howard University.

The public is cordially invited to enjoy Dr. Dance’s presentation. Admission is free. A question and answer period and a reception will follow. Dr. Dance will bring copies of her books for sale and will autograph them.  For further information, email middlesexmuseum@va.metrocast.net or call 804-758-5163

 

“African American Humor: Striving and Surviving” Lecture

Feb 19, 2017 3:00 pm - Feb 19, 2017 5:00 pm

Middlesex County Museum’s  Black History Month Program

 

Join Dr. Daryl Cumber Dance for the discussion the many functions historically served by humor in the African American community, including to teach, attack, empower, overcome, educate, and survive. Dr. Dance has researched and written extensively about African American humor and folklore. Among the many books that she has written are Honey, Hush!  An Anthology of African American Women’s

Humor (1998), Shuckin’ and Jivin’: Folklore from Contemporary Black Americans (1978), From My People: 400 Years of African American Folklore (2002), and Long Gone: The Mecklenburg Six and the Theme of Escape in Black Folklore (1987). Hear the humor come alive as Dr. Dance shares  readings from Shuckin’ and Jivin’, Honey, Hush! and From My People.

A prolific writer, Dr Dance is a also a scholar of the literature and folklore of the Caribbean. She wrote Folklore from Contemporary Jamaicans (1985), Fifty Caribbean Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical and Critical Sourcebook, (1986); and New World Adams: Conversations with Contemporary West Indian Writers (1992). Dr. Dance’s publications include a genealogy of her own family, The Lineage of Abraham: The Biography of a Free Black Family in Charles City, Virginia (1999).  Her most recent book is about the mother of contemporary novelist Jamaica Kincaid and is entitled, In Search of Annie Drew: Kincaid’s Mother and Muse, University of Virginia Press, 2016.

Daryl Cumber Dance is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. She also taught at Virginia State College and the University of California at Santa Barbara.  During the spring semester of 2013 she held the Sterling A. Brown Chair of English at Howard University.

The public is cordially invited to enjoy Dr. Dance’s presentation. Admission is free. A question and answer period and a reception will follow. Dr. Dance will bring copies of her books for sale and will autograph them.  For further information, email middlesexmuseum@va.metrocast.net or call 804-758-5163

 

Location

Historic Courthouse

865 General Puller Highway, Saluda, Virginia.

Organizer

Middlesex County Museum