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Zenzele Olatunji

Zenzele received her B.A. from Mills College in 2015 where she graduated magna cum laude. She was awarded the English 001 Essay Prize for best freshman essay (2013), the Ardella Mills Prize for Literary Composition for best critical essay (2015), and the Germaine Thompson Prize for excellence in French (2016).
 
In her senior thesis, “Strategic Disengagement: Echoes of a Cultural Heritage in the African Diaspora,” she put Toni Morrison’s Paradise in conversation with Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions, examining the way that tools of covert-female resistance can give rise to platonic, generational spaces of horizontal-female homosociality.
 
Her current research interests include the study of transnational migration through the lens of gendered resistance. She wants to examine the way that African Diaspora texts deploy strategies of feminocentric subversion, including magical realism, covert resistance, and female homosociality, to create narratives that provide both literary and potentially lived models of resistance.