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Scholastique Mukasonga and Jeanne-Marie Jackson at City of Asylum’s Literary Translation Festival

May 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join us on Sunday, May 16th at 2PM EST, for a conversation between Scholastique Mukasonga and Jeanne-Marie Jackson at City of Asylum’s literary translation festival.


Born in Rwanda in 1956, Scholastique Mukasonga experienced from childhood the violence and humiliation of the ethnic conflicts that shook her country. In the aftermath of the brutal genocide of the Tutsi, Mukasonga learned that 37 of her family members had been massacred. Her first novel, Our Lady of the Nile, was adapted into a film by Atiq Rahimi in 2019. The New York Times named her memoir Cockroaches one of the “50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years.” In 2019, The Barefoot Woman was a finalist for the National Book Award for Translation. In 2019, her novel Our Lady Of The Nile was adapted into a film by Atiq Rahimi.

Jeanne-Marie Jackson is a literary critic and professor of world literature at Johns Hopkins University. Her work addresses questions of comparative method, literature and philosophy, and interpretive scale, mainly in the framework of African literature and intellectual history. Alongside her expertise in anglophone African writing, Jackson works across Russian, Afrikaans, Shona, and Anglo-Fante traditions, and has new projects on the horizon that draw on each. She is editor of the “Field Reports” blog for Modernism/modernity, and has published work in venues such as NOVELResearch in African LiteraturesModernism/modernityThe Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary InquiryComparative Literature StudiesStudies in the NovelJNT: Journal of Narrative Theoryn+1Public Books3:AM MagazinePopula; and The Conversation – Africa.


May 16
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm