Francophone Women Writers Representing Africa in Children’s Literature (WIF Session)
NeMLA 2020 Boston
Please find the CFP for NeMLA’s 51st Annual Convention to be held in Boston, MA on March 5-8, 2020. Abstracts may be submitted by September 30, 2019 via the link provided:
Francophone Women Writers Representing Africa in Children’s Literature (WIF Session) https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18071
This panel examines how women writers and illustrators of the French-speaking world are representing Africa in children’s and youth literature. Participants will explore from a large variety of interdisciplinary perspectives the role of women writers and illustrators in reshaping the image of Africa for present and future generations. Some questions might include: How do women writers and illustrators represent Africa and gender roles in children’s and young adult literature? Who is the target audience for this literature? How do those representations aim to effect personal, social and/or cultural transformation? Are oral traditions of story-telling waived into modern tales? How do women’s narratives interrelate with the physical Africa, its landscapes, flora and fauna, myths, gender roles, (post)colonialism, globalization, war, and economic exploitation?
Anna Rocca is Professor of French and Italian at Salem State University, Salem, Massachusetts, and the New England and Eastern Canada Representative of Women in French.