95. Discursive Possession: African Transmission, Western Texts
Friday, 3 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 308, Hynes
A special session
Presiding: Wendy Laura Belcher, Princeton Univ.
Speakers: Adeleke Adeeko, Ohio State Univ., Columbus; Debbie Lee, Washington State Univ., Pullman; Françoise Lionnet, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; Mechal Sobel, Univ. of Haifa
For abstracts, visit www.wendybelcher.com/MLA2013AfricanThought.html after 1 Nov.
In 1996, Simon Gikandi expressed puzzlement that more was not written about the impact of England's others on England. Indeed, literary studies has been limited by a discomfort with the power of the colonized to affect the colonizer. This session focuses on specific Western texts and African cultures to argue that Africans and African thought actively changed literature in Europe and the Americas.
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