Excision Debate Rages on in Africa

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4989

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 15, 2003) -- Dr. Chantal Zabus, an expert on women’s studies and African literature, will lecture on “Women’s Bodies, Texts and the Excision Debate” on Monday, April 21st at 3:30 p.m. in the University at Albany Campus Center Assembly Hall as part of the HumaniTech Semester of public events. Zabus will base her talk on her latest book, Rites and Rights: Excision in African Women’s Experiential Texts, to be published by Stanford University Press this spring. Zabus is also known for her work on the uses of Shakespeare in post-colonial and post-modern contexts (Tempests After Shakespeare; St. Martin’s Press) and for her adaptations of western literary theory to the African context in Passions de la littérature: Avec Jacques Derrida, (Michel Lisse, ed; Galilée).

Zabus’ ongoing work on women’s texts and excision is part of the larger umbrella project “Autobiography and the Body” funded by the National Research Fund of Belgium. In Spring 2002 she was visiting Professor at CUNY Hunter College and is currently teaching a faculty seminar at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She lives in Belgium with her husband and son and teaches at the University of Paris. The lecture is sponsored by UAlbany’s departments of English; Women’s Studies; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Africana Studies, and the Institute for Research on Women. It is free and open to the public; for more information, contact Eloise Brière, French Studies, tel. (518) 442-4103, ebriere@albany.edu.

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