Gender to a Tea: “Erasing the Black Feminine: Ralph Ellison’s Other Invisible Man”

Eddie Moore’s discussion will explore a redacted draft of Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man, in which Ellison briefly narrates the marginalization of a black queer male professor named “Woodridge.” To date, this character remains largely undiscussed. 

Moore (ENGL) will explore the implications of queerness in connection to Ellison’s conception and erasure of the Black feminine from the novel, with special focus on his characterization of both as epistemologically significant to constructions of Black identity and community.

In Summer 2021, Moore, who is also a PhD candidate at UNC Chapel Hill, was supported by an Interinstitutional Scholars for Diversity and Equity fellowship through the Office for Equity and Diversity.

Gender to a Tea is a speakers’ series designed to help gender-focused researchers by fielding questions from attendees about the presenters’ ongoing, unpublished research. It is sponsored by the Gender Studies Program, Gender Studies Executive Board, and Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

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Wednesday, September 8 at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences, English, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, Gender Studies, Office for Equity and Diversity

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