Black Comic Book Heroes Topic of Talk on Feb. 22

It’s Clobbering Time! Comic Books and Creating the Idea of Black Masculinity

Lecture by Randall Kenan



Monday, Feb. 22, 2010
5 p.m. Reception and viewing of the exhibit Popular Culture in Print
5:45 p.m. Program
Wilson Special Collections Library
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, liza_terll@unc.edu, (919) 962-4207

Randall Kenan, associate professor of English at UNC, will provide a look at African American comic book heroes in a free public lecture Feb. 22 at 5:45 p.m. in Wilson Library.

In “It’s Clobbering Time! Comic Books and Creating the Idea of Black Masculinity,” Kenan will discuss African American superheroes in the comic books he read as a youth. He will focus on the way he viewed their presentation of both race and masculinity and their impact on his own writing.

“Comic books come up a lot in my work via the characters and their interests,” said Kenan.

Kenan’s most recent book is The Fire This Time, a nonfiction look at race in contemporary America. His 1992 collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and among The New York Times Notable Books of 1992.

He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Sherwood Anderson Award and the John Dos Passos Award. Kenan also was the 1997 Rome Prize winner from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was awarded the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2005.

Kenan’s talk coincides with the opening of the exhibit Popular Culture in Print, on view in the Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room of Wilson Library Feb. 22 through May 31. Contact the Rare Book Collection for exhibit information.

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