Women Literature And African Literary Studies
Associate Professor / Reader
At the English Language department office
Appointment on Visitation important
Topic: WOMEN WRITERS IN AFRICA: AN INTRODUCTORY TEXT
In the last three decades, I have mainly focused on the fictional productions of a variety of women of African descent.These have mainly been in the genres of prose fiction and dramatic literature. I have examined a large variety of Anglophone women writers, specifically situating their works within historical and cultural contexts in order to theorize the contexts of their praxis. My first paper was a study of the novels of Zaynab Alkali. Not only was it groundbreaking, it was also articulated within a nationally historical and cultural moment in the development of Nigerian literature i.e the Guardian Literary series edited by Yemi Ogunbiyi. My work has led to contestations with the exclusionary, patriarchal logic that underscores the writings of women. My studies have taken several conceptual trajectories including migration, masculinities, disability and recently terrorism. This study is specially designed for undergrad, students in tertiary institutions.It is a stimulating compilation of several essays that discuss different perspectives and angles of African women's writings. It is preparatory to more advanced studies in Women and Gender studies.
The work has been accepted for publication by the LASU/TETFUND publishers and we expect it to be on the book stands, shortly.
|1.||Ph.D (ENGLISH)||DEPT. OF ENGLISH, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN||2011|
Women Writers in Africa: An Introductory Text
I'm currently working to produce an Introductory text useful for learning about women as writers in Africa. The book is to be published by LASU/TETFUND. The work is a study of the writings of a variety of women such as Nawal El Saadawi, Lola Shoneyin, Ama Darko and others, these writers are canonical and non-canonical. Some of the chapters in this work deal with understanding the masculinist cultural and intellectual traditions that frame the emergence and praxis of the writers. In another chapter, I delineate through a critical historiography some of the major debates that signpost the development of Nigerian women wrters. My interpretive approach in this book,goes beyond the typical socio-cultural readings of texts, but highlights the engagements of these writers with contemporary and historical issues that circumscribe the lives of women in Africa. The book also examines and provides conceptual explanatory notes for such critical concepts such as sexualities, masculinities, etc from the perspective of Africans. The work is almost 98% completed.
LADELE OMOLOLA is a Associate Professor / Reader at the Department of English Language
LADELE has a Ph.D in ENGLISH from DEPT. OF ENGLISH, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN