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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Francophone African Literature: L'Enfant noir as a Counternarrative

Camara Laye's novel "L'Enfant noir," published in 1954, is one of the most influential early franchophone African novels. In this panel presentation, three student presenters (Emily Bailey, Sam Mateer, and Gloria Rohwer) explore and explain the strategies, the effectiveness (and the shortcomings) of this text as an example of a "counternarrative"--a novel that offers an alternative perspective to the dominant colonial representations of Africa and Africans in literature.

Presenters: Emily Bailey (Undergraduate Student)
Samantha Mateer (Undergraduate Student)
Gloria Rohwer (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: French
Location: 214 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)