Our fourth Seminar meeting will be held on Friday, November 4, 2:00pm– 4:00pm in Room C415A at the CUNY Graduate Center. We will be discussing:
“The Audacity of the ‘I’: Narcissism, Community, and the Textual Feminine in Francophone Caribbean Prose Fiction” by Kaiama Glover. Please read the pre-circulated paper (available here until the end of November and for the full year to registered seminar participants at The Center for the Humanities’ website.)
Our discussant for this paper will be Christopher Ian Foster, Department of English, CUNY Graduate Center.
Kaiama L. Glover joined the faculty of Barnard College as Assistant Professor of French and Africana Studies in 2002. Her teaching and research interests include francophone literature, particularly that of Haiti and the French Antilles, colonialism and postcolonialism, and African cinema. She has published articles in The French Review, Research in African Literatures, The Journal of Haitian Literature, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and Small Axe. Professor Glover has been on the editorial board of the Romanic Review since 2002, is affiliated with The Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia, is a founder and co-coordinator of the Transnational and Transcolonial Caribbean Studies Research Group, and contributes regularly to The New York Times Book Review. Professor Glover’s book, Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (Liverpool UP, 2010), addresses the general issue of canon formation in the francophone Caribbean and the particular fate of the Haitian Spiralist authors vis-à-vis this canon. She is currently at work on a book titled “Disorderly Women: “Narcissism,” Community, and Gender in Novels of the French-Speaking Caribbean,” a project that addresses the ethics of narcissism and writings of the feminine in 20th and 21st century prose fiction by novelists from Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe. She has also begun work on an edited volume dedicated to Haitian writer Marie Vieux Chauvet.