The University of Iowa

Lecture examines the impact of N égritude writer Aimé Césaire

April 15th, 2010

Françoise Naudillon, professor and author, will present a lecture titled “The Invention of a People: Aimé Césaire Between Politics and Poetry” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in Room 315 of Phillips Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Naudillon, a specialist in French literature, is a professor in the Department of French Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She works especially on crime fiction and popular literature.

Césaire (1913-2008) was a poet, playwright, essayist and politician from the Caribbean island of Martinique, an overseas region of France. Along with other francophone black intellectuals, Césaire developed the literary and ideological movement of Négritude in the 1930s. Négritude writers found that their common black heritage was their tool to fight French colonial racism.

Naudillon will explore Césaire’s powerful contribution to the emergence of major literary, cultural and political movements in Martinique, the African Diaspora and beyond.

The Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program, the UI French and Italian Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the European Studies Group and the African Studies Program sponsor this lecture.

For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans, International Programs events coordinator, at or 319-335-3862.