The University of Iowa

Cross-Cultural Practices in Caribbean Literature and Art

April 14th, 2014

An upcoming UI visit by A. James Arnold, professor emeritus of the University of Virginia, will include two events April 24-25, both free and open to the public.

Arnold will present “To ‘Africa’ with Aimé Césaire and Wifredo Lam” on Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 315 Phillips Hall. The talk addresses the literary and artistic collaboration between Aimé Césaire and avant-garde artist Wifredo Lam within the larger context of inter-Caribbean intellectual currents from the interwar period through WWII and beyond.

Then, on Friday, April 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 2390 University Capitol Centre, Arnold will present "Les Discours identitaires aux Antilles Françaises (1940-1995).” This talk will cover the three main artistic/literary movements in the Francophone Caribbean: Négritude, Antillanité, and Créolité. Arnold will also address the divergence between masculinist Martinican writers and their female counterparts in Guadeloupe.

These events are sponsored by the Caribbean, Diaspora, and Atlantic Studies Program in UI International Programs; the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; the Department of French & Italian; and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Adriana Mendez in advance at or 319-335-2230.