S3 E2: Revolutionary Reading

08 Feb 2022
S3 E2: Revolutionary Reading

In the second episode of Season Three of The Empty Chair, Mandisa Haarhoff, lecturer in English and Literary Studies at the University of Cape Town, chairs a wide-ranging conversation with C.A. Davids, author of How to be a Revolutionary (Penguin Random House South Africa & Verso Books) and Prof Farah Jasmine Griffin, author of Read until you Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature (W.W. Norton).

They discuss their reading histories, the transatlantic legacy of Langston Hughes, literary archives, the importance of community, women in the struggle, rage and resistance, jazz, freedom of expression, surveillance, banning books and Black History.

In this episode we stand in solidarity with author, journalist and human rights activist Pham Doan Trang. In December 2021, she was sentenced to nine years in prison in Vietnam. You can read more about her case here: https://pen-international.org/news/vietnam-crackdown-on-critical-expression-continues-as-pham-doan-trang-sentenced-to-nine-years-in-prison

Listen to the episode here: