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Van Burd Memorial Lecture

Van Burd Memorial Lecture


Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu

"The Paradox of Anthologizing the Globe" Transnationality, Translation, and the Contact Zone of Poetry"


Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu is a doctoral candidate in the Cornell University Literatures in English Department. Her research, broadly speaking, is invested in contemporary poetry and poetics, Black transnationalism, and theories of world literature. She is working on a dissertation entitled “Literary Intimacies: The Politics and Poetics of Global Anglophone Poetry,” in which she examines the cross-national interchanges and solidarities of a network of Afro-diasporic poets from the 1960s to the present. Her writing and reviews on contemporary poetry, Afro-diasporic literature and culture, and the digital humanities are published or forthcoming from Modernism/Modernity Print+, Comparative Literature Studies, and The Black Scholar.