African Identities has now published a double issue that I have guest-edited on the intersections between Marxism and African literatures. Inspired by George M. Gugelberger’s well-known 1985 volume, Marxism and African Literature, the issue aims to explore and highlight the myriad connections between Marxist thought and the field of African literary studies.
It has been wonderful to work on this project over the last two years with a number of terrific scholars and I’m really pleased with the final result. In addition to my introduction, the issue includes essays by John Masterson, Hayley Toth & Brendon Nicholls, Peter Maurits, Amy Riddle, Adam Mayer, Thomas Waller, Mugo Muhia, Brahim El Guabli, and Aaron Bartels-Swindells. Neil Lazarus also contributed a very insightful Afterword. You can find the full issue on the African Identities website here.
I will be presenting at the ACLA meeting in Chicago (March 19 – 22), where I’m on a fantastic panel called “Poetics from the Global South,” organized by Nathan Suhr-Sytsma and Ryan Topper.
I will also be at the EACLALS (European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies) conference in Cardiff (May 18 – 22) and the African Literature Association meeting in Washington DC (May 27 – June 1).
UPDATE 4/19: All three of these events have been canceled or postponed due to Covid-19. Many thanks to the organizers for their hard work. I very much hope to be able to attend next year’s iterations.
My latest article, “The Archival Politics of the Postcolonial Writer’s Collection: A Case Study in Literary Value and Amos Tutuola,” has been published by Ariel and can be found on Project MUSE here. It considers what Amos Tutuola’s collected papers (housed at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin) can tell us about the ways in which postcolonial scholars might productively and responsibly engage with writers’ archives—all via a discussion of the relations between the archive and literary value.
My review of Sylvestre Amoussou’s latest film, L’Orage Africain: Un continent sous influence (2017), is available here on the Cambridge UP website. It will also appear in the print version of African Studies Review within the next few months. As you will see if you read the review, I really enjoyed the film!
This spring I will be attending the British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference in Savannah, GA (Feb 15-16) and the ACLA meeting in Washington D.C. (March 7-10), where I will be part of a fantastic seminar organized by Ericka Beckman and Oded Nir on “Peripheral Novels and the History of Capitalism.”
I will also be at the African Literature Association in Ohio in May, where the ALA Graduate Caucus (of which I am currently chair) is hosting several panels and events.
A special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry that I co-edited with Rosemary Jolly on animisms and theories of the material has recently been published. In addition to our introduction and my own essay on Ben Okri, the issue contains superb articles by Louise Green, Warren Cariou, Alison Ravenscroft, and Alfred J. López. You can find it here.
You will be able to catch me at the following conferences over the next few months:
11-13 Sept 2018: ASAUK (African Studies Association of the UK), Birmingham UK, with a paper on the Tanzanian Kiswahili novel and idea of the human
17-20 Oct 2018: ASAP (Association for the Arts of the Present), New Orleans, on a roundtable about structural violence “after Galtung”
3-6 Jan 2019: MLA, Chicago, with a paper about the impact of the blogger Ikhide R. Ikheloa on the field of African literary studies
I am delighted to be guest-editing a special issue of the journal African Identities titled “Marxism and African Literatures: New Interventions.” Building upon a successful seminar that I organized at the ACLA in March 2018, the aim is to provide something of a “follow-up” to George M. Gugelberger’s famous 1986 volume of essays, Marxism and African Literature. I am accepting abstracts of 300 words until November 1 2018, with essays of 8000 words (max.) due by February 1 2019. You can find the full CFP on the journal’s website here. Please get in touch with me via email if you have any questions about the special issue.