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Saadia El Karfi Azzarone

Saadia El Karfi Azzarone is a PhD candidate in the Department of French and Italian at Princeton University. Born and raised in Rabat, Morocco, Saadia graduated with a BA in French and Francophone studies from Mount Holyoke College in 2017. Her current research focuses on Monsters and the interdisciplinary explorations in monstrosity and their interconnections with the representational practices of sexuality and gender in Francophone literature and film from North Africa. Her other research interests include comics, film theory, and the relationship between disease, madness, and colonialism in Francophone literature and film.

Martha Graham

Martha Graham’s Night Journey

Reinterpreting the Greek tragedy, Graham built a choreography of dramatic, angular movements to embody the female experience, past and present.
Covers for Plusieurs vies by Rachid O.; l’Enfant de sable by Tahar Ben Jelloun; and Une mélancolie arabe by Abdellah Taïa

Queer Literature from North Africa and the Maghreb: A Reading List

Theoretical and literary works that explore themes of queerness, identity, and resistance within the context of North Africa and the Maghreb.
Aimé Césaire, Conference on Negritude, Ethnicity and Afro Cultures in the Americas

Négritude’s Enduring Legacy: Black Lives Matter

Today's anti-racist activism builds on the work of Black Francophone writers who founded the Pan-African Négritude movement in the 1930s.
From the poster for Black Girl by Ousmane Sembène, 1966

Ousmane Sembène: Feminism in African Francophone Cinema

Known as “the grandfather of African cinema,” Sembène created powerful female characters who challenged Western notions of gender and sexuality.