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Wendy Belcher

Wendy Belcher was Assistant Editor of the exhibition catalogue for Echoes of the Kalabari, a substantial exhibition of sculpture by Sokari Douglas Camp, held at the National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., 11 November 1988 - 29 January 1989.

Belcher also conducted, for the catalogue, An Interview with Sokari Douglas Camp, [Belcher’s questions included, Do you see yourself primarily as a Western artist or as an African artist? Tell me why you bare now working primarily in metal, When you did actually show your work to other Kalabari people, how did they react? Do you feel that being a woman has helped you with your art? How has living in the West affected your work? and, Does someone need to understand Kalabari culture to understand your work?

Belcher is currently an Associate Professor of African literature at Princeton University, in the Department of Comparative Literature. She previously worked as a freelance journalist and staff writer for various newspapers as well as a freelance copyeditor or staff managing editor. Her website is www.wendybelcher.com

From www.princeton.edu/africanamericanstudies/people/faculty/wendy-belcher/ (accessed 24 September 2013):

Professor Wendy Belcher specializes in medieval, early modern, and modern African literature. Her current research addresses the circulation of African thought in Europe and England before the nineteenth century. She works at the intersection of diaspora, postcolonial, and eighteenth-century studies, theorizing transcultural intertextuality as a form of discursive possession in which African discourse animates representations in the English canon. These scholarly interests emerge from Professor Belcher’s life experiences growing up in East and West Africa, where she became fascinated with the richness of Ghanaian and Ethiopian intellectual traditions. Her other research interests include race and gender in eighteenth-century English literature; rhetorical indirection as a form of resistance in twentieth-century African diasporic novels; prison literature; African manuscript cultures; African female saints; Ge’ez literature, and intellectual autobiography. Her teaching focuses on how non-Western literature has participated in a global traffic in invention, pairing texts across national and continental boundaries in order to debunk stereotypes of Africans as peoples without history, texts, or influence until the 1950s. Professor Belcher has published an award-winning memoir about Ghana, is co-editor of volumes on the Chicano personal essay and African politics and development, and has written for such media as the BBC, Salon.com, The Seattle Times, LA Weekly, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Ethiopian Review, Index on Censorship, and others. Professor Belcher spent 2010-2011 on a Fulbright in Ethiopia studying manuscripts about Ethiopian female saints.


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Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1988