April 16, 2019 at 12:30PM in Smathers Library 100

Dr. Nadève Ménard will engages with literary criticism specifically as it pertains to Haiti’s female authors and their works. Currently, most literary scholarship on Haitian women foregrounds the works of Marie Chauvet and Edwidge Danticat as well as a few other contemporary authors such as Yanick Lahens, Kettly Mars and Évelyne Trouillot. Most scholars ground their analysis in the idea that before Marie Chauvet, there were no important Haitian women writers and that today’s writers are writing out of silence. However, there is a long tradition of Haitian women publishing, whether in periodicals, collected volumes or book form that is largely ignored by scholars. Ménard calls attention to this corpus so that it can benefit from critical analysis and allow us to broaden and multiply the perspectives currently reflected in scholarship on Haitian literature.

Nadève Ménard is professor of literature at the École Normale Supérieure of Université d’État d’Haïti. She is the editor of Écrits d’Haïti: perspectives sur la littérature haïtienne contemporaine (1986-2006) (Karthala, 2011) and the Journal of Haitian Studies’ special volume on Michel-Rolph Trouillot (2013). She is also the author of Lyonel Trouillot, Les Enfants des héros: étude critique (Champion, 2016) and one of the editors of the forthcoming Haiti Reader (Duke). Translation projects include Gina Ulysse’s Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle (with E. Trouillot, Wesleyan 2015) and the web exhibit Haiti: An Island Luminous (with E. Trouillot, 2016) hosted at the Digital Library of the Caribbean. She is currently working on an English translation of Le Fondateur devant l’histoire by St. Victor Jean-Baptiste and a manuscript tentatively titled Enduring Myths: Haitian Literature and Foreign Scholars under contract with Liverpool University Press.

This event is organized by the Mellon Intersections Group on Global Blackness and Latinx Identity with support from the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, George A. Smathers Libraries, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research, Center for Latin American Studies, and Club Creole.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: [email protected] or Prof. Manoucheka Celeste ([email protected]).


  • Occurred Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm