October 30, 2019
Hazel Carby: Wesleyan University Reading and Book Signing
Wesleyan University
October 30, 2019
4.30pm - 6.30pm
Wesleyan University
Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies, 343 High Street
Middletown, CT 06457 United States
Hazel Carby reads from Imperial Intimacies, with signed copies available.

“Where are you from?” was the question hounding Hazel Carby as a girl in post–World War II London. One of the so-called “brown babies” of the Windrush generation, born to a Jamaican father and Welsh mother, Carby’s place in her home, her neighbourhood, and her country of birth was always in doubt.

Emerging from this setting, Carby untangles the threads connecting members of her family to each other in a web woven by the British Empire across the Atlantic, in her new book Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands

Moving between the Jamaican plantations, the hills of Devon, the port cities of Bristol, Cardiff, and Kingston, and the working-class estates of South London, Carby’s family story is at once an intimate personal history and a sweeping summation of the violent entanglement of two islands. In charting British empire’s interweaving of capital and bodies, public language and private feeling, Carby will find herself reckoning with what she can tell, what she can remember, and what she can bear to know.

Join Hazel Carby reading from and signing copies of her new book!

Hazel V. Carby is a co-author of The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in 70s Britain and author of Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African AmericaRace Men, and Reconstructing Womanhood. For three decades she taught at Yale University as the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies and Professor of American Studies.