Charlotte Hughes Bruner
Bruner [is] one of the most outstanding pioneers in the field of
African and Women's Studies, as well as in Literature and Culture
where her innovative and visionary approach has opened new
avenues." Evelyne Accad, 1997
Hughes Bruner of Ames, born in 1917, is recognized as one of
the pioneer scholars and editors in the field of writing by African
women. She has had an impact in the field by bringing voices
of known and unknown women from several continents to the rest
of the world. Bruner has edited two collections of short stories
by African women writers, published by Heinemann Press and distributed
around the world: Unwinding Threads and African Women's
Writings. A foreign language professor at Iowa State University
for 33 years, Bruner has helped thousands of students get to
know about the lives and experiences of women and men in other
cultures. During the 1970s and 1980s, she codirected and cohosted,
with her husband David, a series of 170 radio programs on WOI
entitled First Person Feminine, that provided commentary
and readings of short stories by and about women internationally.
She has served as vice president of the African Literature Association
and as African editor for The Feminist Companion to Literature
in English. In addition to her feminist scholarship, Bruner
has been an activist for peace, justice, and human rights issues.
She was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1997.
served as the keynote speaker for the first Iowa State University
International Womens Day and presented a paper, The Grandmother
Bond, at the 1998 National Meeting of African Literature Association.
She died on December 4, 1999.