4 , 2003
First Novelist to Visit MHC
Kuoh-Moukoury, the first novelist of Cameroon and sub-Saharan
Francophone Africa, will present a free, public lecture (in French)
on traditional African oral literature in French on Thursday,
April 10, at 8 pm in the Morrison Room of Willits-Hallowell Center.
Kuoh-Moukoury’s talk, titled “La Littérature
Orale Traditionnelle: Paroles et Chansons,” is cosponsored
by the French departments of Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Amherst
Colleges, and by the Department of French and Italian at the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Kuoh-Moukoury is the author of Rencontres Essentielles, which
has recently been published in English translation as Essential
Encounters (MLA Texts and Translations Series, 2002). She
has also written numerous poems, short stories, journal articles,
and the highly acclaimed “Couples Dominos: Aimer Dans la
Difference,” a sociological essay about the dynamics of
biracial couples. Her most recent book, soon to be published,
is based on the life of Alexandre Douala Manga Bell, one of Cameroon’s
most intriguing political and historical figures.
In addition to a writing career, Kuoh-Moukoury has had a successful
career in law, specifically in children’s rights, from which
she recently retired. She is also a well-traveled journalist and
activist, having served as the president of the Union of African
and Malagasy Women.