About the event

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Join several leading Americanists—Bill Kelly and Robert Reid-Pharr of the Graduate Center, CUNY, Annette Gordon-Reed of Harvard, Sean Wilentz of Princeton, and Brenda Wineapple of Columbia and The New School—will discuss the theoretical, conceptual, and methodological implications of David S. Reynolds’s prize-winning Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville (1988). Many of the impulses behind this seminal book and other writings by Reynolds—such as democratizing literary and historical study, recuperating lesser-known works, taking seriously the relationship between popular texts and canonical literature—have since become fundamental to various revisionist methodologies of criticism and cultural studies. David S. Reynolds of the Graduate Center, CUNY will give a brief response.


Bill Kelly (CUNY Interim Chancellor)

Annette Gordon-Reed (Harvard)

Robert Reid-Pharr (CUNY Graduate Center)

Sean Wilentz (Princeton)

Brenda Wineapple

Respondent: David S. Reynolds (CUNY Graduate Center)