Francophone Caribbean Literature and Translation

Founded in 1900, the University of Birmingham is England's first civic university; FRANCOPOCO events continue this spirit of innovation and inclusion and are open to all members of the University and members of the local community - and beyond - with an interest in contemporary France and the wider French-speaking world. The majority of discussion takes place in English unless otherwise stated.

Alumni of the University were warmly invited to attend.

This event was sponsored by the G. V. Banks Memorial Fund, the Mireille Best Memorial Fund, the School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, and the University of Birmingham Research and Knowledge Transfer Fund.


Photo of Maryse Conde14.30 An Introduction to Maryse Condé, grande dame of Caribbean literature - Dr Louise Hardwick, University of Birmingham

14.45 G.V. Banks Memorial Lecture (in French) - Maryse Condé, ‘Itinéraire d’un écrivain caribéen’ - Maryse Condé will discuss her award-winning literary career, which has taken her to Africa, France and the US

15.45 Light refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits) in Ashley Foyer

16.00 - 17.30 Mireille Best Memorial Lecture (in English) - Richard Philcox, ‘Translation Workshop: Translating Maryse Condé and Frantz Fanon’

17.30 - 18.00 Questions, comments and general discussion

18.00 Close

  • Watch the video of the whole G.V. Banks Memorial Lecture (in French) (no longer available)
  • Download the extract from Les damnés de la terre by Frantz Fanon [1961] (Paris: La Découverte & Syros, 2002) Taken from the chapter ‘De la violence’ (doc)
  • Download the abstract from Condé's La migration des cœurs which Richard will discuss in his translation workshop. You are welcome to attempt your own translation before the workshop (pdf)

This event also forms part of the Postcolonial Birmingham initiative, a programme of interdisciplinary events supported by the University of Birmingham Conflict & Security Studies Network.





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