How does modernity look when read through black diasporic literary production in the long nineteenth century? What new narratives can we create by reading this literature as participating in and producing transatlantic genealogies of literary modernity? How does reading black literary modernity in the nineteenth century disrupt our understandings of modernity as a conceptual framework? Speakers examine black reading and writing practices, visual culture, intellectual history, and modernity broadly conceived through abolitionist iconography, transatlantic iterations of the Anglo-African, reprinting, and black tastemakers. The symposium features a plenary lecture by Carla Peterson, Professor of English (Emerita), University of Maryland, College Park.