The Absurdity of Racism: an International Chester Himes Conference.
Тезисы до: 15.01.2020
Даты: 04.06.20 — 06.06.21
Е-мейл Оргкомитета: Wdow@aup.edu
Организаторы: The American Univeristy of Paris
Chester Himes quotes Albert Camus in the opening to the second volume of his autobiography: "Racism is absurd. Racism introduces absurdity into the human condition…If one lives in a country where racism is held valid and practiced in all ways of life, eventually, no matter whether one is a racist or a victim one comes to feel the absurdity of life".
Always controversial, combative and daring, Himes carved a niche for himself in the worlds of crime fiction and protest literature while negotiating the "quality of hurt" of his black American and European expatriate worlds. Himes, author of the sometimes proto-surreal Harlem domestic series, was able to gain prominence as a writer in large part through his close ties to founders of the Série noire in Paris in the mid 1940’s and 1950's. His life as a convict in America led to some hard hitting though largely neglected protest and prison literature, which is receiving its due today. Thanks to the recuperation of heavily censored editions of his work, Himes' prophetic visions of and complex relations to America's racism has enjoyed new scrutiny in the age of a burgeoning white nationalism in the United States.
One of the rare if not the first International Chester Himes conference will be held at the American University of Paris from 4-6 June 2020. We invite abstracts for papers of an international and interdisciplinary nature from scholars and artists. Topics may include:
Chester Himes and the black American expatriate community
Chester Himes in America: the role of censorship in determining his legacy
Protest Literature and Prison Literature in the Context of Chester Himes
Cinematic Adaptations of Himes: Successes and Failures
John A. Williams and Chester Himes
James Baldwin, Richard Wright and Chester Himes: Literary Styles and Personal Interactions
FBI surveillance of the black American community and Chester Himes
Chester Himes: The Autobiographies and the perils of writing his biographies
The Harlem Domestic Series and the Série noire
Chester Himes’ Influence and his Relevance to the Contemporary Scene