(IR)REVERENCE: Pedagogical Encounters(IR)REVERENCE: Pedagogical Encountershttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/261844Bryn Mawr College, Wyndham Alumnae House, Ely Room2014-10-09T16:15:002014-10-09T18:00:00
October 9, 4:15PM–6:00PM
Bryn Mawr College, Wyndham Alumnae House, Ely Room
A special panel discussion convened by Prof. Alice Lesnick, with Mellon Creative Residents Chika Unigwe and Niq Mhlongo, with Prof. Pim Higginson
This panel of writers, critics, and teachers will explore pedagogical encounters among readers and texts, asking how the history of African literary production and reception mediates identities and interpretations inside and outside of classrooms. Contemporary African novelists come to the page via a complex economy of the book including the currencies of its language, its authors' name, its publisher and the conditions of its purchase. The density of this economy contributes to the character of the novel as an overdetermined form in which, for many, the Western gaze is played out and negotiated. But how are new publics emerging in relation to literature and art of young African artists? How do writers and readers today channel, challenge, and shift this gaze? Can African novels be taught in the West to create hybrid pedagogical spaces, searching for arts of the possible in reading and reception? What forms of power are engaged by this effort, as creative texts cross into academic contexts? And what does the history of the novel in general and of a a fifty year old novel in particular, have to teach us?
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