Award-winning author Paul Beatty conversed with Gillian Johns, associate professor of English and Africana studies, about his novel The Sellout at a recent Convocation. The Sellout, the first American novel to win the Man Booker Prize, is a blisteringly funny commentary on racial identity and injustice in America. Though the book uses humor to confront thorny issues, Beatty insisted he doesn’t think of himself as a satirist. “I just write,” he said.
Johns and Beatty also discussed his background in psychology and the difficult task of “defining Blackness.” Although the topics Beatty tackles in his work are complex, his message to the audience was simple: “Just read.”
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Nearest Airport: CLE
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7% from abroad
and 40+ theater & dance
productions every year
Oberlin graduates go on to earn
than alumni of other undergraduate colleges
Steinway grand pianos,
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in grants awarded to
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