Brown Bag: Dr. Phillip Troutman, “‘Incendiary Pictures’: The Radical Visual Rhetoric of Early Abolition”
December 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In this Brown Bag lunch talk, Dr. Phillip Troutman will discuss his current research at the Clements Library as recipient of the Reese Fellowship in the Print Culture of the Americas. Dr. Troutman is a 2018-2019 Smithsonian Senior Fellow and an Assistant Professor of Writing and of History at the George Washington University. He is working on a book, drawing on visual theory, rhetoric, history, and art history to provide the first assessment of the American Anti-Slavery Society’s visual program of periodicals, pamphlets, prints, and books in the 1830s, their formative decade. In contrast to other scholars of anti-slavery images, he argues that the AASS’s visual rhetoric in the 1830s was innovative, specific, and radical, especially in its depiction of the subjectivity and agency of African Americans. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch and eat during the presentation.