International Colloquium: “Antillanité, Créolité, World Literature”

The Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature and the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill invite you to the international colloquium—Antillanité, Créolité, World Literature—to be held on October 14-15, 2010, in Cave Hill, Barbados

This colloquium will explore a literature in French that, since the 2007 manifesto, more and more critics, suspicious of the term Francophonie, now prefer to designate as Littérature Monde (World Literature).  This more inclusive term is already found in Glissant, who saw his concept of Antillanité evolve toward Créolité. Encompassing all the branches of a literature as diverse as the regions and experiences it describes, the expression Littérature Monde has now become predominant.  The colloquium will include travel literature, literature of exile, and “unclassifiable Francophone texts situated between different cultural universes and sometimes two or three languages.”

The keynote speaker, Dr. Lydie E. Moudileno (University of   Pennsylvania), will present “From “Pré-Literature’ to ‘Littérature-Monde’: Positions, Neologisms and Prophecies” on October 14.

Dr. Moudileno’s teaching and research centers on Francophone studies, with a focus on the literatures of the Caribbean and Sub-saharan Africa. She is the author of L’Ecrivain antillais au miroir de sa littérature (Paris: Karthala, 1997); Littératures africaines: 1980-1990 (Dakar: Codesria Publications, 2003); and Maryse Condé, une nomade inconvenante, co-edited with Madeleine Cottenet-Hage (Guadeloupe: Ibis Rouge Editions, 2002). Her most recent publications have focused on contemporary African fiction, with a guest-edited volume of Présence Francophone on representations of the African body entitled “L’Exposition postcoloniale,” (2006) and Parades Postcoloniales (Karthala, 2007), a study of fictions of authenticity in Congolese literature.

For more information and full program, see

You may also contact Dr. Kahiudi Claver Mabana at  and/or Dr. Isabelle Constant at

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