Anita Brus teaches Spanish Language and Literature and is a PhD candidate at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Anita Brus is an external PhD candidate at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.
Fields of interest
Contemporary African arts and literature
“Visual Arts & Literature in Equatorial Guinea”
This study will explore the role that (neo)colonialism, migration and exile play in the artistic production of writers and visual artists from Equatorial Guinea.
Equatorial Guinea is a West African country formerly colonized by Spain and home to various ethnic groups. It gained independence in 1968. A large number of its writers and visual artists lives, for political reasons, in exile, and the country has experienced two dictatorial regimes since independence. One key question of my research will be to asses to what extent these writers and artists developed a ‘hybrid identity’ under the influences of these ethnic, (neo)colonial and migratory experiences and how this identity is expressed and reflected in their works. The study will also take into account the agency that foreign cultural centres and institutions established in Equatorial Guinea have, and the influence they exercise, in shaping the literary and artistic education, and agendas, of the country’s writers and artists, who depend largely on these centres and institutions for their artistic promotion or survival.
Prof.dr. L.M.L. Rodríguez Carranza
Dr. H.F. Westgeest
Master of Arts in Spanish Literature and Culture
Teacher Spanish Language and Literature