Nicholas Said and the Routes of African American Narrative | Ira Dworkin

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Nicholas Said and the Routes of African American Narrative | Ira Dworkin || Radcliffe Institute

During his fellowship year, Ira Dworkin is writing "'Imperfectly Known': Nicholas Said and the Routes of African American Narrative," a book that examines the ways in which the intellectual and political culture of Borno, in northeast Nigeria, shaped Black literary culture in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. Focusing on the writings of Said, who came to the United States after his manumission in Europe and who soon thereafter fought in the Civil War, Dworkin's book broadly considers the relationship of African and Islamic intellectual networks to Black knowledge production in North America.

Part of the 2020–2021 Fellows' Presentation Series