French Lecture Series - Mahriana Rofheart

4:45 PM  - 6:00 PM
Monday Nov 12, 2018
Neill Hall (formerly Humanities Building) 401

Mahriana Rofheart, Assistant Professor at Georgia Gwinnett College, will present “Envisioning African Futures: Technology, Science Fiction, and Francophone Literature."  This talk provides an overview of contemporary trends in African speculative and science fiction through the lens of twentieth and early twenty-first century Francophone African literature.  In a recent blog post, author Tade Thompson expresses frustration about the oft-repeated notion that African science fiction is still “rising” or “emerging” in 2018, insisting that “Africans have been writing science fiction since at least the 1920s.” This talk takes up Thompson’s call to recognize the longstanding origins of African science fiction, a concern shared by numerous other contemporary writers of the genre.  In particular, the talk addresses speculative and science fictional elements in Francophone African texts by Ken Bugul, Abdourahman Waberi, and Sony Labou Tansi, among others. 

Contact: Theresa Klauer, 6437

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents and Families and Public

Sponsored By: French and Francophone Studies

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