Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Kathleen Phillips Lewis
Chair, History Department, Spelman College
A multi-media performance paper on how women in the Caribbean manipulated folklore and storytelling, transforming the traditionally male, Anansi, into feminized versions ranging from Aunt Nancy to a variety of gender-fluid folkloric characters. These female Anansis, like the Brides of Anansi artists, employ and manipulate Anansi gaming strategies to their own advantage, and to effect stability and balance within their families and communities.
This Community Conversation is organized in partnership with the African Diaspora and the World Program, the History Department, and Telling Stories: The Ida B. Wells Barnett Collaborative.