Zell B. Miller Learning Center
Room 248 Contact: Dave Marr 706-542-3966
"The Internalization and Reproduction of Violence: Alice Walker’s 'Third Life of Grange Copeland'." According to Gramsci, any hegemony is subtended, in the final analysis, by the deployment of violence, and for hegemony to function as such, the masters’ rules, including the deployment of violence, must be adequately internalized. JanMohamed’s talk will examine the modes through which the oppressed “internalize” the violence that is used to control them, the ways in which that violence in then reproduced within the family from one generation to the next, and, finally, the modes through which that internalized violence can be exorcised, ironically, through a rechanneling of the reproduction of violence. Walker’s first novel, "The Third Life of Grange Copeland," explores how the “internalization” of violence can be effectively resisted, in the final analysis, only via a counter-deployment of “internalized violence.”JanMohamed received his doctorate in English and American Literature from Brandeis University in 1977. Prior to his appointment as August Baldwin Longstreet Chair in English and African American Studies at Emory University, JanMohamed taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and prior to that at Boston University. He has been a visiting professor in many other universities. JanMohamed’s research focuses on 20th century African-American fiction, Postcolonial literature (particularly African) and various aspects of critical theory. He is the author of four books: "Manichean Aesthetics: The Politics of Literature in Colonial Africa," "The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse," "The Death-Bound-Subject: Richard Wright’s Archaeology of Death" and "Reconsidering Social Identification: Race, Gender, Class, and Caste." His articles have been published in a number of leading journals including "21st Century Literature," "Ariel," "An-kwa-Bak," "boundary 2," "Critical Inquiry," "Cultural Critique," "Cultural Studies," "The Griot" and "Jouvert." He was a founding editor of "Cultural Critique."