Nathan Moore, a University of Kentucky English senior from Louisville who is also a UK Libraries Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Intern, presented the 21st annual Edward T. Breathitt Undergraduate Lectureship in the Humanities on January 22. Moore's lecture focused on intersections of African American literature, history, and cultural memory.
The Breathitt Lectureship is named for an outstanding UK alumnus who showed an exceptional interest in higher education and the humanities, Governor Edward T. Breathitt. The lectureship is awarded to an undergraduate who has eloquently expressed the qualities of mind and spirit, including one or more of the basic concerns of the humanities: form, value and memory. Each year all undergraduate students are invited to apply for the lectureship.
Moore's lecture, "Subjugation and the Supernatural: The Ethnogothic in African American Letters," explored slave narratives. Moore discussed how former slaves used conventions of Gothic fiction to expose the brutality of their enslavement. Through discussions of genre, he examined how this traumatic history is left silent in many contemporary discussions of race and class.
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