Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Concert Series | 37th Season Biedermeier in the Ballroom Sunday, March 21, 2021 The Chamber Music Concert Series is now virtual! Each concert will be emailed to you by 4:00 pm on the date listed. At 5:30 pm on each concert date, join our maestro Bill Bauer, our musicians, and your fellow chamber music lovers on Zoom for a conversation about the music. Tickets to this concert here: https://locust-grove-museum-store.myshopify.com/products/chamber-music-concert-series-biedermeier-in-the-ballroom-march-21-2021 Biedermeier in the Ballroom Sunday, March 22, 2021 • Clementi — Piano Sonata in C Op 36 no.1 • A.A. Saxe Weimar — Quartet for piano, clarinet, cello, and viola • Beethoven — Op. 119 Bagatelles nos. 1, 9, and 11 • Nova Scotian traditional — L’Acadienne • Stephen Foster — The Old Kentucky Home Season subscriptions available here: http://bit.ly/hlgtickets
Paul Laurence Dunbar knows “why the caged bird sings” in part because of such connections between the enslavement of black people and the captivity of animals that were so prominent in nineteenth-century culture. Because birds, in particular, were viewed as symbols of freedom, arguments that they should not be caged abounded in discourses on pet-keeping. These arguments were often coupled with antislavery arguments, for example, in children’s stories about people who adopt abolitionist views in tandem with deciding to free birds from cages. Brigitte Fielder of University of Wisconsin-Madison reads the racial resonance of birds in John James Audubon’s narratives in this historical context of antislavery bird imagery and also against another “Bird—Slave” analogy: the “Flying African” stories of African American folklore. Reading the bird-slave analogy in this context, we see human-animal relations that defy more commonly discussed racist human-animal tropes and instead illustrate black resistance to oppression.
Brigitte Fielder is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is (with Jonathan Senchyne) co-editor of Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African-American Print and the author of Relative Races: Genealogies of Interracial Kinship in Nineteenth-Century America. She is currently working on a book about racialized human-animal relationships in the long nineteenth century, showing how childhood becomes a key site for (often simultaneous) humanization and socialization.
This event takes place over Zoom and will begin at 6:30 pm. The waiting room will open at 6:00 pm and guests will be able to log in to the meeting at that time. For questions about this event, please email Hannah Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to PNC Bank and John and Jeannie Vezeau, for sponsoring the Living Room Lecture Series.
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