Author Archives: Anthony Reed

About Anthony Reed

Anthony Reed is Associate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Freedom Time: The Poetics and Politics of Black Experimental Writing and the forthcoming Soundworks: Race, Sound, and Poetry in Production.

The Most Magnificent Drama in the Last Thousand Years of Human History: Notes on Cinematic Slavery

This essay is part of a symposium on Yogita Goyal’s Runaway Genres. All contributions to the symposium can be found here. In Runaway Genres: The Global Afterlives of Slavery, Yogita Goyal traces the translation of sentimental narrative structures and tropes from nineteenth-century slave narratives to contemporary narrative accounts of human rights abuses and the global (re)production of race. “In exploring the contradictory uses of historical violence for contemporary politics,” she argues, “we need to not only return to the question of what slavery itself means Continue reading →