Françoise Lionnet (Acting Chair, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and African and African American Studies at Harvard University) will give a talk under the auspices of the Comparative Literature Gender Lecture Series on Thursday, May 16th at 5:00pm in Classics 110 on “Postcolonial Intersectionality: Creolization, Gender, Migration” followed by a lunch conversation on Friday, May 17th at 12:30 in Wieboldt 207 on “On Gender and The Status of Women in the Profession” co-sponsored with the departments of Comparative Literature, Romance Languages and Literatures, English, and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago.
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A notable difference between Anglophone Postcolonial Studies and the field of Francophone Studies is that for the latter questions of universalism and humanism are always on the horizon of expectation, even when an author or visual artist deploys a strongly oppositional approach to dominant cultural paradigms. In this presentation, I address the new gendered discontents of postcolonialism by way of poetry, oceanic cartography, and creolized identities. I focus on the aesthetic and ethical goals of island writers and artists who engage with the afterlife of colonial history as well as contemporary migrant crises.