African American Autobiography and the Archives: Teaching Students to Become Scholars (NeMLA Panel, April 7-11, 2010, Montreal)
Recent critical editions of texts such as Henry Box Brown's Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown, Written by Himself (1851) and Harriet Wilson's Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black (1859) have affirmed our need to continue exploring the complexities of African American autobiography. As we pursue this work, we must also consider how to involve students in research that enhances our understanding of the production of African American life writing. This panel seeks papers that explore pedagogical strategies that give students opportunities for conducting archival research that enriches the classroom experience. Papers that examine non-canonical texts are especially welcomed. Email 200-250 word abstract to Rhondda Robinson Thomas @ firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30.