Bancroft Library Roundtable: Marking Time: Gwendolyn Brooks and the Mundane World
Lecture | April 20 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room
Amani Morrison, Bancroft Library Study Award recipient and doctoral candidate in African Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley
Poet, novelist, and Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks is heralded for her deftness with capturing the everydayness of black people, especially black Chicagoans, in her writing. Works like A Street in Bronzeville (1945) and Maud Martha (1953) portray the mundane aspirations and realities of their characters. Brookss papers in The Bancroft Library show that the author was very much attuned to the commonplace and ordinary in her own life as well. This talk looks at some of Brookss artifacts and writings, and suggests how the authors own practices of marking time and experiences might help us to creatively rethink our own.