Dr. Michael Ra-Shon Hall Publishes Freedom Beyond Confinement

March 10, 2022

michael hallCongratulations to Dr. Michael Ra-Shon Hall, Assistant Professor of English, on the publication of his book: Freedom Beyond Confinement: Travel and Imagination in African-American Cultural History and Letters (Clemson University Press). Hall examines the cultural history of African American travel and the influence of travel on the imagination from post-Reconstruction to present times. 

Read an interview with Michael Hall at the University of Liverpool Press blog or this piece from VCU News (excerpt below).

Book Cover--Freedom Beyond Confinement Travel and Imagination in African-American Cultural History and LettersIn writing his book, Hall realized that few people are aware of how memorable travel experiences can spark the imagination, particularly of artists. That’s just one message he hopes to convey to readers, he said.

“I think nonscholars will learn a lot about the ways race, ethnicity and gender affect folks’ experiences of moving through the world, literally and figuratively,” he said. “They’ll also learn a lot about how individual and collective efforts to combat discrimination in travel became central to a number of efforts to gain and protect civil and human rights.”