29 Jul Seminar “At the Intersection of Identity and Media Theory”

2022.7.29 IGS seminar “At the Intersection of Identity and Media Theory:  The Case of Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman?” 1851 Women’s Rights Speech”

Date:July 29, 2022 (Friday)

This lecture will focus on an important speech that African American abolitionist and feminist Sojourner Truth delivered at a women’s rights convention in 1851.  Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech is now most frequently published, read, and taught in the United States as poetry.  Professor Dinius will discuss Truth’s speech as an early critique of early American feminism’s whiteness, and as one of the first examples of what came to be known in twentieth century gender studies as intersectional theory.   The lecture also will address the various forms of translation and remediation that Truth’s spoken words have undergone in print over time, and how those choices have affected how Americans think about identity and poetry, historically and in the present.

Online Seminar (Zoom Webinar)
Guest Speaker Marcy J. Dinius (Professor of English at DePaul University in Chicago / Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2022 Grantee)
Moderator Yoko Totani (Ochanomizu University, Japan)
Language English and Japanese(with Simultaneous Interpretation)
Interpreter Naoki Matsumura (Colts Works)
Registration Zoom Registration form


Marcy J. Dinius is a Professor of English at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and a 2022 Fulbright Lecturer at Ochanomizu University and Tsuda University.  She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Her latest book, The Textual Effects of David Walker’s Appeal: Print-Based Activism Against Slavery, Racism, and Discrimination, 1829-1851, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in April 2022.  She has published articles and her previous book on nineteenth-century American writers, including Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Organizer: IGS, Ochanomizu University