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Leighan Renaud’s residency on the work of Erna Brodber (August 14-21, 2023)

Erna Brodber is perhaps the Caribbean writer who has engaged most complexly with the meaning of Emancipation across her novels and critical work. For August, the month when we mark Emancipation, we turn our attention to the writings of Erna Brodber. Join us from August 14-21 when Leighan Renaud (@LeighanRenaud) will be looking at the life, fiction and nonfiction of Erna Brodber.

“I will consider the ways that Brodber engages with many aspects of Caribbean studies through both ethnography and fiction. I will consider in detail Brodber’s engagement with the fractal, and think about the possibilities of the fractal as a model for a Caribbean cosmology.”

Leighan Renaud (@LeighanRenaud) is a lecturer in Caribbean Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bristol, UK. She completed her PhD in 2018, and her research focused on representations of matrifocality in contemporary Caribbean literature. Leighan’s research interests include Caribbean family, Caribbean folklore and storytelling practices. Leighan is also incoming Chair of the Society for Caribbean Studies.

You can read Leighan Renaud’s essay ‘“The end linked with the beginning and was even the beginning”: Fractal Poetics in Erna Brodber’s Nothing’s Mat” in JWIL Vol. 28, No. 2 November 2020.