Writing Across Genres

Black Women Writing Across Genres in the Late 20th Century

February 20-21, 2020 @ Kamin and Goldstein Family Galleries
Lecture Kislak Open to the public
Johanna Banks in her library, ca 2018

The 2020 Kislak Symposium looks at the flourishing of Black women writers as a cultural force in late twentieth century America. Combining panels, roundtables, talks, and readings, scholars and artists will examine topics ranging from activist writing and the emergence of Black Queer Studies to theorizing the archive and the role of bibliographies in the making of collections. The symposium seeks to inspire new work in the discipline while honoring the important work that has already been done on many of the authors in the collection. Among the confirmed speakers are Lorene Cary, Cheryl Clarke, Farah Jasmine Griffin, and Cheryl Wall, along with the exhibition co-curators and Penn graduate students, Destiny Crockett and Kiana Murphy. The collector Joanna Banks will be joining the conversation.

Event Series

Image based on the sign used by the Gotham Book Mart

Jay I. Kislak Symposium

In 2013, the Penn Libraries celebrated the dedication of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, named in honor of Jay I. Kislak (Wharton 1943).

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020

Writing Across Genres poster and guestbook
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Writing Across Genres Introduction
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Writing Across Genres Overall View
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Case 1 - Joanna Banks: Reader, Collector, Bibliographer
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Detail of Case 1 - The Black Americana Collector
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Case 2 - Novels
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Case 3 - Poetry
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Detail of Case 3 - Poetry
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Case 4 - Children's Literature
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Detail of Case 4 - Children's Literature
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Case 5 - Memoir, Autobiography, and Literary Criticism
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detail of Case 5 - Memoir, Autobiography, and Literary Criticism
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Case 6 - Cookbooks
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detail of Case 6 - Cookbooks
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Writing Across Genres overall view of table cases
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Writing Across Genres wall view
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Case 7 - Periodicals
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Case 8 - History
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Writing Across Genres overall view of table cases
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Writing Across Genres wall view
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Case 9 - Religion and Spirituality
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Case 10 - Art
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Writing Across Genres Acknowledgements
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The symposium is co-sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies and the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania.