Many thanks to Peter Jordens for sharing this event. Tomorrow, Monday, November 3, 2014, Tulane University will host “An Evening with Two Francophone/Creolophone Authors,” featuring Anderson Dovilas and Fabienne Kanor, two Caribbean authors from Haiti and France (Martinique), respectively. The evnt will take place from 4:15pm to 6:00pm at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 210 Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. See description and a link to the Stone Center for Latin American Studies below:
Description: From 1492 when Christopher Columbus landed on Quisqueya Island, to the period 1791-1804, which marked the emergence and manifestation of self-consciousness by African bondsmen who revolted against their subjugation by the colonial empires, the Caribbean region has not only been the theater of a power struggle among European countries but also an arena where African and European languages and cultures intersect, entice, and repel each other, producing heteroglossic speech communities that have become more or less diglossic speech communities.
Modern-day Caribbean islanders, particularly those who use Creole as their native tongue and French as their lingua franca, still deal with the language issue in different spheres of social practice as well as in literature. Such linguistic heritage is a direct manifestation of colonialism. The manner in which francophone/creolophone Caribbean writers take up the issue of language in their writings remains a topic that endures as we think about languages in that region. It is in this context that Mr. Anderson Dovilas and Ms. Fabienne Kanor, two francophone Caribbean authors, respectively from Haiti and Martinique/France, will help us further address this question as they discuss their works produced in Haitian Creole and in French.
Born in 1970 in Orléans, France, of Martinican parents, Fabienne Kanor is an award-winning writer and the author of four novels, including Les Chiens ne font pas des chats (2008) and Anticorps (2010), as well as the children’s novel Le Jour où la mer a disparu (2008). She received the Fetkann Award for her novel D’Eaux Douces (2004) and the RFO Literary Award for Humus (2006). Kanor’s films include La Noiraude (2005), Jambé dlo: une histoire antillaise (2007), Ti Emile Po Ko Mo (2008), C’est qui l’homme? (2009), Des pieds, mon pied (2011) and Maris de Nuit (2012). Her website is http://fabiennekanor.com.
Anderson Dovilas was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1985. This young author has published in France, in the US, and in Canada. He has attended the State University of Haiti where he studied Linguistic and a minor in Ethnology. He is a poet-activist, a cultural journalist, a playwright, and an actor. He has published seven books, three in Haitian Creole, three in French and one in English. Dovilas has participated, collaborated, and organized several cultural events; and often organized street performances to rein-act the history of his battered country, to create social activities, to educate and entertain. His website is http://andersondovilas.com.
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