|Black comic book heroes to be talk topic|
|Wednesday, January 27, 2010|
African-American comic book heroes will be the topic of a free public lecture Feb. 22 at Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Randall Kenan, associate professor of English, will present the talk “It’s Clobbering Time! Comic Books and Creating the Idea of Black Masculinity,” at 5:45 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room.
A reception at 5 p.m. in the Melba Remig Saltarelli Gallery will allow visitors to view the Rare Book Collection exhibit “Popular Culture in Print,” to be up Feb. 22 through May 31.
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 writing.
“Comic books come up a lot in my work via the characters and their interests,” said Kenan.
His 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.