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Ken Bugul: Race, Gender, and the Novel in Senegal

Ken Bugul
Photo of author Ken Bugul wearing yellow necklace
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 3:30pm
CMU 120

Join us on April 25th for a talk by Senegalese author Ken Bugul The presentation will be held in Communications 120, followed by a reception with complimentary refreshments immediately afterward in CMU 204.

Ken Bugul, “the unwanted one” in Wolof, is the pseudonym of Senegalese writer Mariètou Mbaye Biléoma. She is most famously the author of Le Baobab fou (1982; The Abandoned Baobab, 1991), the autobiographical narrative of a young woman’s passage from a small village in Senegal to the “Promised Land of the North”—Belgium in this case—and of the descent into drug addiction and prostitution that her migration precipitates. Ken Bugul has written 9 novels since that first one, all of which consider in one form or another the position of women in West Africa, in Islam, and in exile. Her lecture (in English) will address how the novel creates a particular space for addressing these and other issues.