Tag Archives: Frederick Douglass Papers Project

Walden Pond: “That’s not a pond and I’m not walking around it!”

Standard

I returned home from my 2009 trip to the Frederick Douglass Papers at IU by way of Boston. As you would. Actually, I met John in Boston and we took a short break there. I took advantage of the opportunity to visit Concord and Walden Pond; as you would.

When I first read Walden Pond,the detail of the setting impressed me and I just wanted to see it. So, I dragged an oblivious John to, around and beyond Concord to Walden Pond.

When John saw the pond he said, very simply “That is not a pond, and I am not walking around it!!!”

 It is indeed a very large pond, yet it is none the less for that. I walked around it and loved every minute.

Photos fail to do justice to that pond or its setting.

There is a replica of Thoreau’s cabin at the entrance to the park; further on, the actual site of the cabin is marked out with accompanying notices. I visited and spent time at some of the spots associated with Henry David Thoreau.

It was a wonderful day.

Advertisements

PhD thesis topic

Standard

My thesis subject is Frederick Douglass. He was born an African American slave and died after a long and successful career as abolitionist lecturer, journalist, writer, diplomat to Haiti and was feted by American presidents. His remarkable journey and his huge corpus of writings has offered scholars an opportunity to interrogate many of the boundaries that were described around slavery, freedom, racism and the nation state.
Within the large area of Douglass studies, my topic focuses on one of the boundaries that modern Douglass criticism has ruptured: the nation-state. Douglass has been an important subject within transatlantic studies, as he embodies the triangular nature of the slave trade, and he was part of the diaspora who compelled scholars to acknowledge the Black Atlantic.