Contemporary Afro-Brazilian poets challenge the harsh social reality confronted by black women, who have historically suffered from race, gender, and class discrimination in a country with a black majority population. By focusing on the intersections of black female experiences, African cultural heritage and the construction of diverse black identities, Dr. Rodrigues will explore the ethical and aesthetic implications of contemporary Afro-Brazilian women’s poetry. He shows that black women poets use literary imagination as a strategy to articulate their subjectivity in the quest for redressing forms of dehumanization and creating narratives of self-representation.
Dr. Felipe F. Rodrigues teaches literature, languages and translation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College (2014-2015), and received a FAPERJ Nota 10 Postdoctoral fellowship in Comparative Literature (2016-2017). His research interests include Afro-Brazilian women writers, Afro-Brazilian literature, African diaspora cultures, Luso-African literatures. He coordinates a Symposium on African and Afro-Diasporic literatures at the Brazilian Comparative Literature Association Conference.
- Sponsored by:
- Spanish Department