The White Man’s Dog

13th Jun 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

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The White Man’s Dog: Transatlantic Slavery and the Moving Image – Dr Jenny Barrett
This event will take place in the Studio Theatre

In partnership with The Bluecoat Liverpool’s 300th anniversary events, this illustrated talk will explore a collection of slave identities.

Dr Jenny Barrett will ask what stories the movies tell us about the struggles of African American slaves. She will question what their role is in commenting upon national identity in the modern world and how slaves became labelled ‘the white man’s dog’. In these narratives, the slave’s identity is illustrated as property, animal and human. It is pertinent to explorations of ethnicity, ‘roots’ and national identity in the film’s production context.

Dr Jenny Barrett is a Reader in Film and Popular Culture at Edge Hill University and researches a range of subjects linked to film conventions and identities. Amongst other topics, she has published on representations of the American Civil War, African Americans in genre-filmmaking, and on portrayal of immigrants in Westerns.

Further details about Festival of Ideas 2017 can be found here