Ralph discusses the role of violence in Twelve Years A Slave and Django Unchained:
Ralph examines the current rise in popularity of slavery on the screen:
Ralph connects the experience of viewing Twelve Years a Slave with living in the United States today:
In the audio above, Ralph discusses the role of violence in Twelve Years A Slave and Django Unchained.
The Forum for Scholars & Publics held a discussion on Twelve Years a Slave in November 2013. The discussion was led by Michael Ralph of New York University and Wahneema Lubiano of Duke University and included several other faculty participants.
We asked participants to familiarize themselves with the book before the discussion. The original edition is available for free viewing and download in a variety of formats at the Internet Archive, here: https://archive.org/details/twelveyearsasla01nortgoog. People also picked up the recent re-edition of the book, with critical commentary by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Ira Berlin.
"The Moral and Economic Costs of Slavery:" FSP director Laurent Dubois on the Diane Rehm Show.
"Fighting to Survive: 12 Years a Slave and All is Lost" by David Denby, The New Yorker
New York University
Associate Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Metropolitan Studies; Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, American Studies
Ph.D. 2007 (Anthropology), University of Chicago; M.A. 2002 (Anthropology), University of Chicago; B.A. 2000 (Africana Studies) Morris Brown College.
Wahneema Lubiano is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Literature at Duke University. She received her BA degree in English Literature and African-American Studies from Howard University, and her MA and PhD degrees in English Literature from Stanford University. Before coming to Duke she taught at Princeton University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Williams College. Her essays and articles have been published in Social Text, Cultural Critique, boundary 2, American Literary History, Callaloo, New England Quarterly, among other publications. She is author of the forthcoming books Messing With the Machine: Politics, Form and African-American Fiction and Like Being Mugged by a Metaphor: "Deep Cover" and Other "Black" Fictions, and editor of The House That Race Built: Black Americans, U.S. Terrain (1996). Her research and teaching interests include critical race theory, black American literature, black cultural studies, literary theory, semiotics, black popular culture, and feminist studies. In 2017, she was awarded the Raymond Gavins Distinguished Faculty Award from the Samuel DuBois Cook Society at Duke University.