Fabienne Kanor

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Born in France to Caribbean parents, Fabienne Kanor teaches French and francophone literature and cinema at Penn State University. An award-winning writer and filmmaker, she has directed many movies (mostly documentaries) and published seven novels, including Faire l’aventure (2014), Je ne suis pas un homme qui pleure (2016), Louisiana(2020), and, in 2018, translated into French Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo.” Awarded the “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture, Kanor devotes her career to studying race, gender, and migrations in France and francophone Africa. Her novel Humus, about fourteen enslaved African women, was published in September by University of Virginia Press.