Hazel Carby

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Charles C. & Dorathea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and American Studies
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Hazel V. Carby is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and Professor Emeritus of American Studies and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. 

She is the author of Imperial Intimacies, A Tale of Two Islands (Verso) which was selected as one of the “Books of the Year for 2019,” the Times Literary Supplement.

Imperial Intimacies is a Moving between the Jamaican plantations, the hills of Devon, the port cities of Bristol, Cardiff, and Kingston, and the working-class estates of South London, Carby’s family story is at once an intimate personal history and a sweeping summation of the violent entanglement of two islands. In charting British empire’s interweaving of capital and bodies, public language and private feeling, Carby will find herself reckoning with what she can tell, what she can remember, and what she can bear to know.SEE LESSMoving between the Jamaican plantations, the hills of Devon, the port cities of Bristol, Cardiff, and Kingston, and the working-class estates of South London, Carby’s family story is at once an intimate personal history and a sweeping summation of the violent entanglement of two islands. In charting British empire’s interweaving of capital and bodies, public language and private feeling, Carby will find herself reckoning with what she can tell, what she can remember, and what she can bear to know.SEE LESSMoving between the Jamaican plantations, the hills of Devon, the port cities of Bristol, Cardiff, and Kingston, and the working-class estates of South London, Carby’s family story is at once an intimate personal history and a sweeping summation of the violent entanglement of two islands. In charting British empire’s interweaving of capital and bodies, public language and private feeling, Carby will find herself reckoning with what she can tell, what she can remember, and what she can bear to know.SEE LESShistory of British empire, told through one woman’s search through generations of family stories.  It moves between Jamaican plantations, the countryside of Devon, the port cities of Bristol, Cardiff and Kingston, and the working-class estates of South London.  It is an intimate personal history and a sweeping summation of the violent entanglement of two islands.  It charts the British empire’s interweaving of capital and bodies, public language and private feeling.

Author of Cultures in Babylon: Black Britain and African America (1999); Race Men (1998); Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist (1987); Hazel Carby is also a co-author of The Empire Strikes Back: Race and Racism in 70s Britain (1982).

In 2019 Hazel Carby was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Wesleyan University and the Stuart Hall Outstanding Mentor Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association.  In 2016 she received the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in American Literature, awarded by the Modern Language Association.

Recent articles:

“A war half won,” The Guardian (Weekend) 16 November 2019, pp. 62-63

 “Black Futurities,” forthcoming Invisible Culture, Spring 2020

“The National Archives,” forthcoming Invisible Culture, Spring 2020

Selected Reviews of Imperial Intimacies:

 https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/an-intimate-history-of-the-british-empire

https://www.bookforum.com/politics/autobiography-and-archival-research-collide-in-hazel-carby-s-memoir-23684