Visiting Speaker: Fugitive Sight – African American Panoramas of Slavery and Freedom

The Department of English Language & Literatures Visiting Speaker Series presents

“Fugitive Sight: African American Panoramas of Slavery and Freedom”
by Dr. Teresa Goddu (Vanderbilt University)


5 March  2019, 12:30 pm in Buchanan Tower 323

This talk examines how African Americans—through both word and image—deployed the visual mode of the panorama to represent both slavery and freedom. Discussing slave narratives, pictorial newspaper mastheads, and large-scale panoramas, this talk shows how African American cultural producers capitalized on this new mass visual form to claim cultural authority and envision emancipation.

Teresa A. Goddu is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Vanderbilt University. A specialist in nineteenth-century American literature and culture, she is the author of Gothic America: Narrative, History, and Nation (Columbia UP) and Selling Antislavery: U.S. Abolition and the Rise of Mass Media (forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press). Her work has appeared in American Literary HistoryBook HistoryMELUSCommon-Place, South Atlantic Quarterly, Studies in American Fiction, and other venues. She is the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Senior Specialist Fulbright award.  […]