Tituba, Maryse Condé And Escrevivência: Black Women And The Word As Legacy

In this presentation Brazilian teacher and writer Maria Carolina discusses celebrated author Maryse Condé’s renowned book “I, Tituba Black Witch of Salem.” Tituba, an enslaved person living in the home of Reverend Samuel Parris, was one of the first accused of witchcraft in Salem. Nothing is definitively known of Tituba’s origins or life after the witchcraft trials, though over the years historians, students, novelists, and playwrights have suggested or imagined a range of possibilities. During this presentation, Maria discusses Condé’s imagined narrative of Tituba’s life, and how this interpretation was influenced by Condé’s own experiences as a black woman.