Join us for a celebration of Worldwide Women Writers in Paris.
“Alison Rice’s book examines a new literary phenomenon consisting of an unprecedented number of women from around the world who have come to Paris and become authors of written works in French. The eighteen writers at the heart of this study range from Maryse Condé to Leïla Sebbar, from Hélene Cixous to Shumona Sinha, from Nathacha Appanah to Julia Kristeva, all of whom graciously accepted invitations to filmed interviews.”
Professor Rice specializes in 20th- and 21st-century Francophone literature. Her first book, Time Signatures: Contextualizing Contemporary Francophone Autobiographical Writing from the Maghreb (Lexington Books 2006), closely examines the work of Hélène Cixous, Assia Djebar, and Abdelkébir Khatibi. Her second book, Polygraphies: Francophone Women Writing Algeria (University of Virginia Press, 2012), focuses on autobiographical writings by seven prominent Francophone women writers from Algeria. She is the editor of a forthcoming volume titled Transpositions: Migration, Translation, Music (Liverpool University Press, 2021) that explores a wide range of innovations in Francophone film, literature, theater, and art. Her current book project, inspired by a series of filmed interviews she conducted in Paris, constitutes an in-depth examination of the present proliferation of women writers of French from around the world.
Born in Calcutta, Shumona Sinha moved to Paris in 2001 and began writing French novels seven years later. Her work has been translated into Arabic, English, German, Hungarian, and Italian, and she has received such prestigious literary awards as the Internationaler Literaturpreis in Berlin and the Prix de la langue et de la littérature françaises from the French Academy.
Lorna Goodison Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, Comparative Literature and Francophone Studies at the University of Michigan. As an intellectual historian and philosopher with areas of expertise in 20th and 21st-century Anglophone and Francophone literature and in the cinema of West Africa and its diaspora, she concentrates on contemporary issues of law, race and LGBTQIA2S+issues.