Where: Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University
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We’re delighted to welcome Professor Stephanie Newell from Yale University, to give this free lecture on Creative Writing in Colonial West Africa, 1880s-1930s. Although devised with an academic audience in mind, members of the public are most welcome too.
About this lecture
This lecture will give an overview of the central role of African-owned newspapers in creating platforms and publics for the earliest West African creative writers in English. The lecture will ask: what kind of cultural and political encounters were articulated by authors in writing fiction and poetry for the press? Why did they choose English above other literary languages?
About Stephanie Newell
Steph Newell is Professor of English at Yale University and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Newcastle University. Her research interests include anglophone African print cultures, with particular attention to media audiences and readerships in colonial West Africa, and creative writing as articulated through local print cultures, including� newspapers, pamphlets, novels, and magazines. She is the author of five monographs on African literature and popular print cultures. Her forthcoming book, Histories of Dirt: Media and Urban Life in Colonial and Postcolonial Lagos, works at the intersection of African literary studies and urban cultural history.
This lecture is organised by the Department of English Studies, and supported by the Leverhulme Trust.