Speakers to examine black conciousness and literature in Brazil
Afro-Brazilian writer Conceição Evaristo and professor Eduardo de Assis Duarte will talk about black consciousness and literature in Brazil, the Afro-Brazilian literary and cultural tradition, and the contemporary challenges for resisting the cultural politics of racism in Brazil and the Diaspora on Friday, Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. in 203 New Africa House.
Evaristo is from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, now residing in Rio de Janeiro state. She started publishing poetry in the literary journal Cadernos Negros in 1990, where she has continuously published both poetry and short fiction. Her 2003 debut novel, Ponciá Vicêncio, was published in English in 2007. Her other literary works include the novel Becos da Memória, Poemas da Recordação e Outros Movimentos and a short fiction collection, Insubmissas Lágrimas de Mulheres. Evaristo received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the Universidade Federal Fluminense, where she now teaches. She has participated in a number of conferences in Brazil and the U.S. Last spring, she became the Portuguese School writer in residence at Middlebury College, where she taught courses on Afro-Brazilian Literature.
Duarte, a Ph.D. in literary theory and comparative lLiterature, has taught at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais for more than nine years, with which he continues to be affiliated as a volunteer/Collaborator in the graduate program of literary studies. Duarte develops research with the “Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares da Alteridade” and coordinates two other research groups: “Afro-descent in Brazilian Literature”; and “LITERAFRO”, a web portal of Afro-Brazilian Literature, holding bibliographical references, as well as critical and literary resources about over 100 writers. His publications include Literatura, Política, Identidades; Jorge Amado: Escritos de Caramujo and the edition and co-edition of a number of titles, including four volumes of Literatura e Afrodescendência no Brasil: Antologia Crítica.