"My name is Márcia Semedo, I created the Literature of Engagement: An Exploration of national and transnational African Literature guide as part of a research internship work at the Black Archives based in Amsterdam and with the help of Dr. Prof. Annachiara Raia. This guide reflects my literary and African studies background and my keen interest in post-colonial critical theory and African affairs.
The Literature of Engagement guide is divided into five thematic sections and does not constitute a complete representation of all the themes, concepts, authors, novels, etc., related to African literature. I deliberately choose not to use Africa's colonial past as a time frame for categorization or the naming of the different thematic sections. Instead, I used the recurrent themes and type of literature for the sections' names. Additionally, Africa's influences exceed its continental borders. I have therefore decided to focus on both national and transnational African literature as a means to show the diversity and influences of this literary genre. To conclude, as the name states, this guide explores African literature and is not a fixed categorization of it. Therefore, any omission of any African/black author or genre is not a neglect of them but a matter of space and time."
Marcia holds a MA in African studies from the Leiden University. Here is the reading list we will use as a basis :
All meetings take place in Luxembourg-city and begin approximately at 7pm. Arrive a few minutes early to meet your fellow bibliophiles, and get ready for a fun evening of stimulating conversation and debate! Tickets (booking in advance) are NOT required for this event, and we look forward to seeing you there!