Hall Center For The Humanities


Biodun Jeyifo
Professor of African and African American Studies and Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Keynote Lecture: "Inside and Outside the Whale: Take Two"
Public Symposium

Fri., Oct. 28, 2011, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall

The awarding of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature to the Nigerian dramatist and social activist, Wole Soyinka, marked the first time the award had gone to an African writer. Since then, three other African writers have been the recipients of the award. This symposium will explore the roles of African writers and their works in light of this paradigmatic award. It will examine the state, focus, and direction of African literatures, both the verbal and performing arts, within a global context and from new critical perspectives. It will also investigate the response of a new generation of African writers to issues raised by transnationalism, migration, and local identities engendered by globalization.


The keynote speaker, Biodun Jeyifo, is Professor of African and African American Studies and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is a renowned literary critic and theorist.

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