Dr. Subha Xavier: “Wretched of the Sea”

Subha Xavier is Associate Professor of French at the Institute of African Studies at Emory University. Author of The Migrant Text: Making and Marketing a Global French Literature (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2016), Dr. Xavier presented a talk “Wretched of the sea: African migrant boat narratives in international context”. She examined today’s migration “crisis” through a historical lens that privileges testimony, story-telling and the use of the imaginary to recount the horrors of the sea and the human will to survive.