Daphne Brooks (Yale): “This Wretched Enchantment: George Gershwin, DuBose Hayward and the Invention of ‘Black’ Women’s Sound”

This talk is free and open to the public.

Daphne A. Brooks is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Music at Yale University. Her many awards include the 2022 Music in American Culture Award from the American Musicological Society for her book "Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sounds" (Harvard University Press).

Brooks has authored numerous articles on race, gender, performance and popular music culture, such as "Sister, Can You Line It Out?: Zora Neale Hurston & the Sound of Angular Black Womanhood" in Amerikastudien/American Studies, "'Puzzling the Intervals': Blind Tom and the Poetics of the Sonic Slave Narrative" in The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative, "Nina Simone's Triple Play" in Callaloo and "'All That You Can't Leave Behind': Surrogation & Black Female Soul Singing in the Age of Catastrophe" in Meridians. From 2016-2018, she served as the co-editor of the 33 1/3 Sound: Short Books About Albums series published by Bloomsbury Press. She is the co-founder and co-director of Yale University's Black Sound & the Archive Working Group, a 320 York Humanities Initiative. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Guardian, Pitchfork.com, and other press outlets.

Brooks is currently editing an anthology of essays forthcoming from Duke University Press and culled from "Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign: Celebrating the Legacies of David Bowie and Prince," an international 3-day conference and concert which she curated.

This lecture is part of the Humanities Unbounded Lab "Black Music and the Soul of America" and is presented in association with the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies.



Black Music Lab; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; Humanities Unbounded