Literary Lunchbreak: Badia Ahad-Legardy in Conversation with Natalie Moore: Afro-Nostalgia: Feeling Good in Contemporary Black Culture

Join us for the next installment in our Literary Lunchbreak event series, this time with author Badia Ahad-Legardy in conversation with writer Natalie Moore on her new book Afro-Nostalgia.

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As early as the eighteenth century, white Americans and Europeans believed that people of African descent could not experience nostalgia. As a result, black lives have been predominately narrated through historical scenes of slavery and oppression. This phenomenon created a missing archive of romantic historical memories. Badia Ahad-Legardy mines literature, visual culture, performance, and culinary arts to form an archive of black historical joy for use by the African-descended. Her analysis reveals how contemporary black artists find more than trauma and subjugation within the historical past. Drawing on contemporary African American culture and recent psychological studies, Ahad-Legardy reveals nostalgia’s capacity to produce positive emotions. Afro-nostalgia emerges as an expression of black romantic recollection that creates and inspires good feelings even within our darkest moments.

Original and provocative, Afro-Nostalgia offers black historical pleasure as a remedy to contend with the disillusionment of the present and the traumas of the past.

Badia Ahad-Legardy is an associate professor in the Department of English and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of Freud Upside Down: African American Literature and Psychoanalytic Culture.

WBEZ radio's reporter covering Race, Class and Communities, Natalie Moore is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016. Natalie writes a monthly column for the Chicago Sun-Times. Her work has been published in Essence, Ebony, the Chicago Reporter, Bitch, In These Times, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Guardian.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Event address: 
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201
Afro-Nostalgia: Feeling Good in Contemporary Black Culture (New Black Studies Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780252085666
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Published: University of Illinois Press - April 12th, 2021