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The University of Southampton
Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing

F T Prince Memorial Lecture 2014 Event

23 October 2014
Avenue Campus

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Event details

This lecture is embedded in a global series of events celebrating the life and achievement of a giant of world literature, the Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, and, in particular, the 50th anniversary of this ground-breaking third novel, Arrow of God.

"Arrow of God: The Novel and the Problem of Modernity"

Simon Gikandi is Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University and editor of PMLA, the official journal of the Modern Languages Association (MLA). His major fields of research and teaching are the Anglophone literatures and cultures of Africa, India, the Caribbean and postcolonial Britain, the black Atlantic and the African diaspora. He is also interested in the encounter between European and African languages in the modern period, literature and human rights, and writing and cultural politics. He is the author of many books and articles including Reading Chinua Achebe, Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature, Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism, and Ngugi wa Thiong'o, which was a Choice Outstanding Academic Publication for 2004. He is also the co-author of The Columbia Guide to East African Literature in English Since 1945, the co-editor of The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature and the editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of African Literature. His book Slavery and the Culture of Taste (Princeton University Press, 2011) has won many major awards, including the Melbern Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University, the Melville Herskovits Award for the most important scholarly work in African studies and the James Russell Lowell Prize for an outstanding scholarly work by a member of the Modern Languages Association.

Speaker information

Professor Simon Gikandi,Princeton University,Robert Schirmer Professor of English

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