French Lecture Series

4:30 PM  - 6:00 PM
Thursday Nov 7, 2013
Neill Hall (formerly Humanities Building) 401

Patrice Nganang, Writer and Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural Theory at Stony Brook University will present "The Crisis of Current African Writing."  Contemporary African writing is experiencing a tremendous renewal, with young and exciting writers coming in the forefront of the literary scene, very interesting books being written, some of which were awarded or nominated for some of the most prestigious literary awards. This happens at the same moment when the structures of publishing are going through a fundamental transition, with an ongoing professionalization of writing, through the impulse of creative writing programs, literary agencies and a sedentarization of African writers in Western, and particularly, American universities. And yet, astonishingly, African writing has seldom been as powerless as it is today in giving a voice to African stories.  This lecture will be in English.

Contact: Theresa Klauer, ext. 6437

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents and Families and Public

Sponsored By: French and Francophone Studies

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