Tsitsi Dangarembga at Harvard Book Store
Black and Female:
February 13, 2023
7:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes TSITSI DANGAREMBGA— filmmaker, playwright, and acclaimed author of This Mournable Body—for a discussion of her new essay collection Black and Female.
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About Black and Female
The first wound for all of us who are classified as “black” is empire.
In Black and Female, Tsitsi Dangarembga examines the legacy of imperialism on her own life and on every aspect of black embodied African life.
This paradigm-shifting essay collection weaves the personal and political in an illuminating exploration of race and gender. Dangarembga recounts a painful separation from her parents as a toddler, connecting this experience to the ruptures caused in Africa by human trafficking and enslavement. She argues that, after independence, the ruling party in Zimbabwe only performed inclusion for women while silencing the work of self-actualized feminists. She describes her struggles to realize her ambitions in theater, film, and literature, laying out the long path to the publication of her novels.
At once philosophical, intimate, and urgent, Black and Female is a powerful testimony of the pervasive and long-lasting effects of racism and patriarchy that provides an ultimately hopeful vision for change. Black feminists are “the status quo’s worst nightmare.” Dangarembga writes, “our conviction is deep, bolstered by a vivid imagination that reminds us that other realities are possible beyond the one that obtains.”
Praise for Black and Female
“Urgent, compelling, blisteringly brilliant. This timely and elegant collection should be essential reading for anyone who cares about the aftermath of Empire—and that should be all of us. Tsitsi Dangarembga is one of the most powerful writers working today.” ―Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton
“In these moving and necessary essays, Tsitsi Dangarembga insists that ‘the best writing opens the lesion again and again and cleanses.’ She is exactly as good as her word.” ―Andrew Motion
“Tsitsi Dangarembga's essential new essay collection blazes with her characteristic intellectual prowess, unstinting honesty, and commitment to personal and political acts of resistance and reclamation.” ―Nadia Owusu, author of Aftershocks
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