While in residence, Scholar of Note Ladee has been re-imagining society’s relationship to mythical women across literature, from Eurydice to the femme fatale, as a way of understanding our vision of Black women today. In conversation, Ladee will consider: what is our relationship to myth? What makes it eternally fascinating, relevant, and open to new interpretations? How does it reveal and conceal power, gender, and race? Moreover, who is the femme fatale, and what is her role in the noir genre? How can we explain current interest in noir, and what might this interest explain to us about ourselves? Join us to learn how Ladee works within literary history, adopting genres of mythology and crime, in order to reinvent the narratives marginalized women are forced into.
This event will be followed by a cocktail reception.