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October 25, 2013

Quebec Poet Louise Warren hosts a Book Launch and Bilingual Reading.

Book launch and reading will take place on Monday, November 4th, 4:30 p.m. in the Knight Library Browsing Room with poet Louise Warren and translator Karen McPherson. This event is free and open to the public! It will feature book signings and light refreshments. Sponsored by Romance Languages and Global Oregon Translation Studies Working Group.

“One of Quebec’s most delicate and subtle poets” – Michael Bishop

“The most luminous book may arise from a place of darkest melancholy. I take great pleasure in being with Louise Warren. In her work there is both the darkness and the light.” –Dany Laferrière











Photo by Richard Gravel, 2006

Poet and essayist Louise Warren has published more than twenty-five books, among these the collection Anthologie du présent and the essay Apparitions. Inventaire de l’atelier, which both appeared in 2012. Her essays offer a reflection on the arts and the creative process, and her body of work includes many artists’ books. She participates regularly in international conferences and festivals and has been the recipient of numerous prizes and honors. A special issue of Cahiers littéraires: Contre-jour (number 28) is devoted to her work.



April 18, 2013

Mba Ekani on colonial violence in writings of Beti and Sembène

Ph.D student in French Lise Mba Ekani is the author of the recently published article entitled “Représenter la violence coloniale : Humanisme et chosification de l’Autre chez Mongo Beti et Ousmane Sembène.” (Representing Colonial Violence: Humanism and Objectification of the Other in Ousmane Sembene and Mongo Beti). Her essay has appeared  in a special issue of the Spain-based peer-reviewed journal of French and Francophone Studies Logosphère on “Representations” (Vol. 8, 2012).

Mba Ekani’s article discusses the representation of colonial violence in African fiction. Considered pioneers of Francophone African Literatures, Mongo Beti and Ousmane Sembene have dedicated their writing to the cause of the oppressed in colonial and post-colonial Africa. This article scrutinizes the representation of colonial violence in two of their novels in order to highlight two important elements: the aestheticization of colonial violence, and resistance as a mode of survival in occupied territories. Ultimately, the study contends that the fictional representation of colonial violence points to the possibility for the African people to fight for their freedom.

Ousmane Sembène during a visit to Berlin on November 18, 1987. © Günter Prust 1987


Mongo Beti