Monday, November 9, 2020,
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What is African Literature? Postapartheid writing and the political force of a question
Mo Shabangu in conversation with Julie Nxadi
7:00 p.m., Live Zoom Webinar

Julie Nxadi is a writer and artist from Makhanda and Ngqushwa in the Eastern Cape, currently based in Cape Town. Her current research interest is ‘intimacy and oppression in post ’94 South Africa’, a subject that she is exploring using multiple mediums, writing being just one. Mo Shabangu ia an Assistant Professor of English at Colby College who earned his MA at Rhodes University and his PhD at Stellenbosch University. This conversation looks into the animating subject of African literature on the world literary stage to argue that it cannot circumvent questions about its very nature and being – which constantly disrupts the quest for creative autonomy. Together they will explore the premise that the political dimension of African literature is to be found in its most hushed expressions, rather than in depiction of the spectacle.

To register for this talk, please email Megan Fossa at

Open to the Colby community only