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.