Join Professor Gikandi as he discusses the evolution of his award-winning book, Slavery and the Culture of Taste (Princeton University Press, 2011).
The Department of English’s History of a Book seminar is a biannual series of lectures/discussions on how a book of criticism came to be. Guest speakers bring to the table not a work in progress, but a finished book, between covers, and they explain how it got made. Authors share ideas, inspiration, and accidents, and share techniques of research and writing: how they take notes on primary and secondary texts, how they keep track of ideas and information, what they do in the archive, how they move from research to writing, how they set schedules, etc.
Simon E. Gikandi is the Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University and the editor of PMLA.