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The Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture Series

2018-2019 Fletcher Lecture

Laura Chrisman, Nancy K. Ketcham Endowed Chair of English, University of Washington

"African Atlantics and Imperial Culture: Critical Directions Past, Present and Future"

Tuesday, October 23, 2018  |   6:00 p.m.
Memorial Union Mohave Room (MU 236), ASU Tempe campus  |  RSVP
Laura Chrisman / Photo courtesy University of WashingtonAbout Laura Chrisman

Laura Chrisman is Nancy K. Ketcham Endowed Chair of English at the University of Washington, where she teaches African, black diaspora, imperial, and postcolonial cultural studies. Book publications include Postcolonial Contraventions: Cultural Readings of Race, Imperialism and Transnationalism (MUP, 2003) and Rereading the Imperial Romance: British Imperialism and South African Resistance in Haggard, Schreiner and Plaatje (OUP 2000). She has edited or co-edited books and journal special issues that include The Politics of Biracialism (2009); Postcolonial Theory and Criticism (2000); Colonial Discourse and Postcolonial Theory: A Reader (Columbia UP 1994), and Altered State? Writing and South Africa (1994). She is currently researching black international and transnational culture during the Age of Empire, with a focus on black South Africa and America. As Director of the Robert Chrisman Foundation, she publishes The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research, which proudly celebrates its 50th birthday next year.

The Institute for Humanities Research at ASU is an additional sponsor of this event. For more information about Chrisman's talk or the Fletcher Lecture series, please contact Dan Bivona: dbivona@asu.edu

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Watch previous lectures in the Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture Series

2016-2017: Teresa Mangum [VIDEO]  |  April 18, 2017 @ 6 p.m., Memorial Union Pima Auditorium, ASU Tempe campus. PDF icon"When the Lion Lies Down with the Lamb—The Art of Interspecies Attachment"

2015-2016: Alexander Regier [VIDEO]  |  April 28, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. PDF icon"Blake, Hamann, and the Polyglot Moravians: Unexpected Connections in 1750s London"

2014-2015: Pamela K. Gilbert [VIDEO]  |  April 14, 2015 @ 5:30 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "'A Mild Erection of the Head': The Meaning of the Blush in Nineteenth-Century Britain" 

2013-2014: Richard C. Sha [VIDEO]  |  April 9, 2014 @ 5:30 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "Romantic Science and Romantic Imagination"

2012-2013: Regenia Gagnier [VIDEO]  |  April 11, 2013 @ 6 p.m., Memorial Union La Paz Room, ASU Tempe campus. "World Literatures and What It Means to Be Human in the Niche of Nature, Culture, Technology"

2011-2012: Mary Poovey [VIDEO]  |  April 12, 2012 @ 6 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "Risk, Uncertainty, and Data: Managing Risk in Early Twentieth-Century America"

2010-2011: John Kucich [VIDEO]  |  April 28, 2011 @ 6 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "The Unfinished Historicist Project: In Praise of Suspicion"

2009-2010: No lecture

2008-2009: Anne Mellor [VIDEO]  |  April 22, 2009 @ 5 p.m., Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (MU 202) ASU Tempe campus. "Mothering Monsters: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"

2007-2008: Catherine Gallagher  |  September 27, 2007 @ 6 p.m., University Club (UCLUB), ASU Tempe campus. "Jane Austen and the British Slave Trade: An Imaginary Conversation from Mansfield Park"

2006-2007: No lecture

2005-2006: Jerome McGann [VIDEO]  |  March 28, 2006 @ 7 p.m., University Club (UCLUB), ASU Tempe campus. "Information Technology and the Troubled Humanities"

2004-2005: Steven Mailloux  |  October 26, 2004 @ 6:30 p.m., Memorial Union Gold Room (MU 203), ASU Tempe campus. "Thinking with Rhetorical Figures: Racial and Disciplinary Identities in Late Nineteenth-Century America"

2003-2004: Lennard J. Davis [VIDEO] |  November 13, 2003 @ 4:40 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "Race, Disability, and the New Genomics"

2002-2003: Patrick Brantlinger [VIDEO]  |  October 24, 2002 @ 7:30 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. "Cannibals and Missionaries"

2001-2002: Wlad Godzich  |  October 24, 2001 @ 7 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus. fletcherlecture2001.pdf

2000-2001: Mary Louise Pratt [VIDEO] |  February 21, 2001. "Modernity and Globality or What Brought the Virgin of Zapopan to Los Angeles?"

1999-2000: Louise Rosenblatt  |  October 27, 1999 @ 7 p.m., University Club, ASU Tempe campus.

Ian Fletcher as a young man. Photo courtesy Lorraine Fletcher.


Ian Fletcher was a much-beloved Victorianist, a specialist in the literature of the 1890s, who spent the final six years of his career at Arizona State University during the 1980s. A remarkably productive scholar much appreciated for his edition of Lionel Johnson's poems, his much-quoted guide to Walter Pater, and his late study of Aubrey Beardsley published in 1987, Ian produced a host of books and articles that have been read and re-read many times in the past 40 years. In fact, his Collected Poems were published in 1998: ten years after his unfortunate death. This lectureship honors his memory and his importance in the field of Victorian Studies.

—Dan Bivona
Associate Professor, Department of English