Deschutes Public Library News
Celebrate African American History Month
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 2/17/2005
Deschutes Public Library welcomes Dr. Kathy Walsh to the Brooks Room on February 20, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. for program titled “Steal Away: Suffering & Transformation in African American Literature.” This program is free and open to the public.
Dr. Walsh received a B.A. in English in 1969 from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in English in 1973 and an M.A. in Reading in 1975 from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in English in 1990 from the University of Virginia. Currently she is the Vice President for Instruction at Central Oregon Community College. Her academic interests include a broad range of topics in American and multicultural literatures as well as technology-aided instruction. Walsh has taught Aftican American Literature at COCC, approaching it as a strand within American literature.
“Nineteenth century African American writers had to overcome the twin challenges of illiteracy and audience expectations,” says Walsh. According to Walsh slave narratives did not fit into the literary expectations of the times. However, the impact of the narratives that emerged were the foundation on which the tradition of African American literature is based. “To this day, African American authors embrace the voicing, the self-possession and irony of those first narratives,” states Walsh.
For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.