W. Fitzhugh Brundage

W. Fitzhugh Brundage

After studying lynching and racial violence in the South, W. Fitzhugh Brundage's interests shifted to the study of historical memory and American mass culture. In The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory (2005), he traces the contests over memory that divided white and black southerners during the past century and a half. In Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930 (2011), he brought together musicologists, cultural historians, literary scholars, and drama historians to explore the role of African Americans as creators and consumers of popular culture. In his forthcoming book, "Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition," he examines debates about torture, democracy, and civilization from the age of contact to the twenty-first century.

Lectures

  • "Barbarous and Fiendish Atrocities": Debating Slave Torture in Nineteenth-Century America
  • African American Artists Interpret the Civil War in a Post-Soul Age
  • African Americans and American Popular Culture, 1890–1930
  • From Grits to the Allman Brothers: Why America Looks to the South for Authentic Culture
  • The American Tradition of Torture
  • The Civil War as a Good War
  • Whose Past? Whose Memory? Contests Over the South's History