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Surinam

General presentation

Lucia Nankoe was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, grew up in Amsterdam, and graduated in Modern Literature from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. She teaches at the University of Utrecht’s School of Communication and Journalism (the Netherlands), specialising in Francophone literature and Caribbean feminine literature. As a literary critic, she is interested in African literature, human rights, and Caribbean cultures and literature. She is also a freelance journalist, advisor to various Dutch literary committees, and organiser of the Winternachten Festival of Literature. Her collection of short stories about Caribbean women, Der komst van de slangenvrouw [The Coming of the Snake Woman], was published by Van Gennep-Novib in 1998 and includes works (many of them translated into Dutch from their original Spanish, English and French) by Olive Senior, Louise Bennett, Olga Nolla, Simone Schwartz-Bart, Ana Lydia Vega, Astrid H. Roemer, Suzanne Dracius-Pinalie, Carmen Lugo Filippi, Marie-Thérèse Colimon-Hall, Ellen Ombre, Alecia McKenzie, Makeda Silvera, Jamaica Kincaid and Pauline Melville. She was a guest at Saint-Martin’s 7th International Book Fair, where her contribution focused on the protests that rocked Guadeloupe and Martinique in 2009.  Lucia Nankoe organised the presentation of the Dutch translation of Kettly Mars’ book Saisons Sauvages, and, in January 2013, produced and directed a Dutch version of Simone Schwarz-Bart’s play Ton Beau Capitaine, also in Amsterdam.

Select bibliography

  • Derkomst van de slangenvrouw [The Coming of the Snake Woman]. Van Gennep-Novib, 1998.
  • • Nankoe, Lucia / Reijmers, Essa: Identiteit van zwarte vrouwen in romans [Schwarz-Bart: Pluie et vent sur Télumée Miracle; Ntozake Shange: Betsey Brown]. In: Forum der Letteren, 1988.

Prizes and distinctions

2012: 2nd prize in the “Clic Clac, un livre, une photo” photographic competition dedicated to Maryse Condé, with “Reading Maryse Condé in Amsterdam”

@La Médiathèque Caraïbe

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