Associate Professor of Sociology Angel Adams Parham joins Claude to provide historical context to the life of poet Phillis Wheatley. The pair take a fresh look at Wheatley’s most influential work, On Being Brought from Africa to America and discuss why a widely held perception of the poem’s meaning may not be as accurate when put into the context of Wheatley’s life and other works.

On Being Brought from Africa to America

A Hymn to the Evening

To the Earl of Dartmouth

The Collected Words of Phillis Wheatley

The Age of Phillis by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Phillis Wheatley Peters: Biography of a Genius in Bondage by Vincent Carretta

The Scandal of Reading is sponsored by Brazos Press.

Information on the Host: 

Jessica Hooten Wilson is a Senior Fellow at Trinity Forum, the inaugural Visiting Scholar of Liberal Arts at Pepperdine University, and the author of several books, including The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary SaintsLearning the Good Life: From the Great Hearts and Minds that Came Before, and Giving the Devil his Due: Flannery O’Connor and The Brothers Karamazov

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Information on Angel Adams Parham:

Angel Adams Parham is Associate Professor of Sociology and senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture (IASC) at the University of Virginia. She works in the area of historical sociology, engaging in research and writing that examine the past in order to better understand how to live well in the present and envision wisely for the future.

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