LSE - Small Logo
LSE - Small Logo

Forum for Philosophy

October 20th, 2011

Marie NDiaye on Blackness, Blankness and Recognition

0 comments

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

October 20th, 2011

Marie NDiaye on Blackness, Blankness and Recognition

0 comments

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Andrew Asibong
Thursday 20 October 2011, 7 – 8.30pm
Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, South Kensington, London SW7

Andrew Asibong, Senior Lecturer in French Studies, Co-Director of Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC), Birkbeck, University of London

‘Les Soeurs’ is the strange parable of two ‘mixed-race’ sisters with two very different ways of making sense of the identity that has been thrust upon them. Acclaimed French writer Marie NDiaye dissects the hallucinatory dimension of both sisters’ strategies, revealing the pair as a latter-day Justine and Juliette, their odyssey of psychological self-annihilation shaped and inflected by ‘race’ rather than sex.

About the author

Forum for Philosophy

Forum for Philosophy is a non-profit organization promoting philosophy. We host events, produce podcasts, and publish an essay series to showcase the work of contemporary academic philosophers from all philosophical traditions, often in conversation with each other and with academics from other disciplines. In all of our activities, we promote thought-provoking discussion of science, art, and politics from a philosophical perspective.

Posted In: