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ALBERTINE FESTIVAL: Europe and America in the Black Literary Imagination

  • 972 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10075 United States (map)


With Laurent Dubois, Maboula Soumahoro, Darryl Pinckney, Scholastique Mukasonga, and Chris Jackson

This panel will look at how black authors on both sides of the ocean have engaged the country and culture on the other side. Is France an escape for black authors? Is America the land of individual expression and opportunity? After the Second World War, prominent African-American authors such as Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Chester Himes made Paris their home. French authors have themselves long been fascinated by the United States, and New York in particular. This common interest has fed many authors’ writing, both thematically and stylistically. The essayists and novelist Laurent Dubois, Maboula Soumahoro, Darryl Pinckney and Scholastique Mukasonga will reflect on this mutual fascination and ponder how it has impacted their own work and influenced literature more broadly. But how substantive is this connection—is it myth or reality?

Watch this event live via Livestream on Nov. 5 at 5:00pm (EST).

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