Fresh Perspectives on African Literature

Fresh Perspectives on African Literature
Friday 1 July

14.00 – 15.30 FREE

Presenting exciting new scholarship from PhD students, early career scholars and independent researchers that opens up ideas of, and approaches to, ‘African literatures’.

Panellists:

Scott Newman (Northwestern University) The Death of the African Author and Contemporary Writing by Barrett, Gappah, and Okorafor

Zainab Hemani (Birkbeck College) “Nneka” = “Mother is Supreme” : A Myth or Reality?

Marie-Pierre Bouchard (University of Toronto) From “Patron” to “Pattern”: How Pattern Recognition Can Modify the Way We Look at the Recent Global Circulation of African Literatures

Michelle Clarke (SOAS) After 50 years: The environmental relevance of the ‘Song of Lawino’ and ‘Song of Ocol’ by Okot p’Bitek : An Ecocritical Discussion

Chair: Rebecca Jones (Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham)

Image Credit: Africa Writes 2015, Benjamin Elwyn