"Problematizing Africa as the Dark Continent for Women: Gendered Power in Medieval African Literary Texts"

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women is sponsoring a presentation by Wendy Belcher on African women and their contributions.

Thursday, May 04, 2006
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
314 Royce Hall
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The representation of Africa as the place where women are most oppressed has deep roots in Western thought.  Examining the medieval Ethiopian text called the Kebra Nagast, however, suggests that women have often had a quite different role in the history and politics of Africa than is imagined outside the continent. In this African retelling of the Solomon and Sheba legend, the queen, a woman of intellectual and diplomatic power, emerges triumphant over Solomon, in direct contrast to Jewish and Islamic versions that portray her as naive, ignorant, and even beastly.  A closer engagement with the African historical archive, and such indigenous texts, is essential if we are to begin to understand the complex ways in which African women have always participated in, negotiated, and transformed power.

This lecture is presented as part of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women speaker series.

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Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available for $8.

Wendy Belcher


Sponsor(s): , Gender Studies