Tag Archives: African Literature

Review of Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me

Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me (2017) has gotten lots of positive press. It was a New York Times Notable Book, The New York Times’ Critics’ Top Books of the Year, was named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle, National Public … Continue reading

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Review of Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett

Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett, 256 pp.Graywolf Press, 2016, $9.52 paperback On a most basic level, Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett is about identity and its fluidity. But it’s also about how slavery, colonialism, and one of my favorite misnomers, … Continue reading

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Review of Chinelo Okparanta’s Happiness Like Water

Happiness Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta, 196 pp., Mariner Books 2013, $9.96 paperback I actually finished reading Chinelo Okparanta’s Happiness Like Water several weeks ago, but sat on the review, trying to gain some distance from the work. Let me begin … Continue reading

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Chinua Achebe has Joined the Ancestors

Until Chinua Achebe’s death, the renowned author of Things Fall Apart was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown. The University described him as “known the world over for having played a seminal role … Continue reading

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Project on the History of Black Writing

I just discovered this great website on the history of black writing at the University of Kansas: http://www.hbw.ku.edu/ Check it out!

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Who Owns African Literature?

Seems like a simple enough question, right? Well, you’d be amazed at how such a simple, straightforward question evokes such divergent opinions and perspectives. This past Monday, the Comparative Literature Department had their weekly Brown Bag seminar and the issue … Continue reading

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