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“Black and Female ” – An Evening with Tsitsi Dangarembga

January 19, 7 pm8 pm.

Tsitsi Dangarembga is a Zimbabwean novelist, playwright, filmmaker, and political activist. Her 1988 debut novel, Nervous Conditions, was the first novel to be published in English by a Black woman from Zimbabwe and was recognized by the BBC in 2018 as one of the top 100 books that have shaped the world. Her 2020 Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, This Mournable Body, completed the trilogy that began with Nervous Conditions, tracing the life of a rural girl from her childhood in colonial Zimbabwe to her adulthood in a country repressed by political elites. Dangarembga has also written or produced over twenty films that center on life in Zimbabwe, and has won honors and awards including the PEN Award for Freedom of Expression, the PEN Pinter Prize, and, in 2022, a Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize.

She lives in Harare, Zimbabwe, with her family, but this year is a Fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. Her new work, Black and Female, a collection of essays, examines the legacy of imperialism in her own life and in every aspect of African life.


  • This event will be held virtually.
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