|Jani Scandura 氏講演会
場所：文系総合館 609 会場地図（会場は図中67番です）
講師：Jani Scandura 氏（ミネソタ大学英文科准教授）
This talk draws on a section of my forthcoming book, Down in the Dumps: Place, Modernity, American Depression (Duke University Press, forthcoming Nov 2007) as the means through which to excavate the production of memory and place-making in 1930s Harlem. Through readings of Wallace Thurman's editorial production of the 1926 avant- garde journal Fire!!; Carl Van Vechten's late 1930s and 1940s correspondence regarding the establishment of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection at the Beinekce Library at Yale; and the Harlem bookshop owner L.S. Alexander Gumby's compulsive collecting and compiling of newspaper clippings and other materials into 139 scrapbooks that he hoped would eventually serve as a complete history of the Negro in scrapbook form, I argue that Harlem in Depression comes to refer not to a Harlem that was, but rather to a Harlem that has been lived through. It is a Harlem that is constituted through the possessiveness, self-reflection, and temporal ambivalence of the present perfect tense. To encounter Depression Harlem, in other words, is to hear a Harlem confronted by a past that can no longer be defined by its ancestral ghosts--of the South, of enslavement and rebellion, of Africa--but that is constituted instead by the shadowy presence of the viscerally and intimately known recent past and the past that will have been, but as yet lingers on the horizon. Depression Harlem, finally, is constituted in relation to a modernity that is not only aware of its newness, but of the oldness of its newness--and of the ways that newness (even the New Negro) has already been forgotten.