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Feminist Research Alliance Workshop

Pan-American Futures: Muna Lee Tells The American Story

Presenter:
David Squires, English
Presenter Affiliation:
University at Buffalo
Location:
207 UB Commons
Campus:
North Campus
Date:
4/8/2014
Time:
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Sponsor:
The Gender Institute
Contact:
Becky Burke at 645-5200 (rburke2@buffalo.edu)
Web site:
http://genderin.buffalo.edu/fra.shtml
In 1943, modernist poet and Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish began corresponding with fellow poet Muna Lee about a broadcast series for NBC. Over the course of the next year, Lee provided the research that MacLeish used to compose a series of multilingual radio plays dramatizing the history of the Americas. Yet her marginal presence in the publicized project highlights the gendered and ethnic paternalism that often marks attempts to universalize or disembody histories.
This talk will demonstrate that, by appropriating Lee’s vision of inter-American cultural exchange, MacLeish’s radio plays model an imperfect future for life in the Western hemisphere after World War II.