Elisabeth Bekers

RESEARCH FIELD: African Literature and Diaspora

Elisabeth Bekers is BAP Researcher at the University of Antwerp and Lecturer of British and Postcolonial Literatures at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and Erasmushogeschool Brussel. She studied at the universities of London, Antwerp, Louvain and Hull (1989-1995) and was a Fulbright Lecturer at Hollins University, Virginia (1995-1996).

Her research focuses on literature from the African continent and its diaspora. She is the author of various articles on literary explorations of female genital excision and on the fiction of Nawal El Saadawi and Alice Walker, in volumes published by Africa World Press, Rodopi and L’Harmattan. She has also written on postcolonial rewritings of Robinson Crusoe, Black British Writing, and literature by authors of African descent in Flanders, Belgium.

She is author of a comparative study of four decades of African and African-American creative writing on female genital excision entitled Rising Anthills(University of Wisconsin Press, forthcoming 2010) and co-editor, together with Sissy Helff (University of Frankfurt/University of Paderborn) and Daniela Merolla (University of Leiden), of Transcultural Modernities: Narrating Africa in Europe (Matatu: Journal of African Culture and Society, Rodopi, 2009).

She is co-director of the Platform for Postcolonial Readings for junior researchers in the field, a joint venture with the University of Leiden and the Nederlandse Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap, member of the Issues Committee of the African Literature Association, and co-founder and Honorary European Liaison of the Graduate Student Caucus of the African Literature Association.

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