Mineke Schipper (b. 1938) is Emeritus professor of Intercultural Literature Studies at the University of Leiden and the author of several academic books, essays and novels, including Imagining Insiders: Africa and the Question of Belonging (1999). Her book on proverbs about women Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet (2004) was translated worldwide and won the Eureka Prize. She has also published three novels and was awarded a Dutch Knighthood. Her most recent titles are Naked or Covered: From Naked to Suited Up and Hills of Paradise. A history of power and weakness.