"Native Son" Post-Performance Talkback: Richard Wright, the Expat

American writers and artists have always flocked to Paris. However, Richard Wright's arrival in 1946 was marked by his life's trajectory from the Deep South and its racial tumult.

The French tradition of "Universalist Humanism" provided the writer with the breathing space to be human without the weight of race. As a consequence, the rage found in his earlier novels, like "Native Son," no longer had the same emotional tenor as Wright joined the intellectual and literary scene of Post-War France. This talk-back will explore the questions of the ways in which his writing changed and how his new life as an African-American expatriate in Paris may have modified his writing and ideological views. 

This event was  developed as apart of a series of events around the DePaul Theatre School's production of the play, " Native Son". Please note that this talkback  is free  and follows the 7:30 p.m performance which is a ticketed event.

Facilitator: Briana Schwartz, Dramaturg, DePaul Theatre School with  Juelle Daley, Assistant Director, Center for Black Diaspora.

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 9:00pm to 9:30pm

DePaul Theatre School, Fullerton Stage 2350 N Racine Ave

Event Type

Diversity, Inclusion


Centers and Institutes, Center for Black Diaspora




Only the talkback is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. We strongly encourage you to see the play!

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