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Presented By: Institute for the Humanities

Hear, Here: Humanities Up Close

“Freedom and Sexual Peril in Charlotte Forten’s Civil War Diary 1862-1863” with Sandra Gunning

Charlotte Forten Charlotte Forten
Charlotte Forten
With the “Hear, Here” series, we aim to facilitate conversations around new research in the humanities. Faculty fellows at the Institute for the Humanities will discuss a part of their current project in a short talk followed by a Q & A session.

About this talk:
How might the act of writing Civil War-era memoirs, letters, and diaries have helped Black people negotiate intense personal and community challenges? How did these narrative forms enable or limit an author’s ability to envision a future of “freedom” amid the horror of war? This talk explores the shifting regimes of race and class for
a Black Philadelphian diarist in Union-occupied South Carolina.

About Sandra Gunning:
Sandra Gunning is a 2023-24 Helmut F. Stern Faculty Fellow at the Institute for the Humanities and professor, English Language and Literature, American Culture, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Afroamerican and African Studies.

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