African Literature Permanent Section

deadline for submissions: 
March 17, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Peter Wuteh Vakunta, University of Indianapolis
contact email: 

African Literature Permanent Section

 Section Title:  The Orthographical Conundrum in Pidgin English Literature

Chair & Co-chair: Dr. Peter Wuteh Vakunta, University of Indianapolis and Dr. Olabisi Gwamna, Independent Scholar

 

Contemporary African literature written in Pidgin English exists at the crossroads between canonical and peripheral text typologies.  This permanent section problematizes recourse to Pidgin English as a medium of literary expression. The crux of the discourse revolves around the contention that using Pidgin English as a medium of literary expression is, in and of itself, an enriching experience. However, given the fact that Pidgin is not a homogenous linguistic phenomenon with a conventionalized orthographical system, literature written in this less commonly taught African language could constitute a formidable barrier for literary critics, many of whom are unfamiliar with the socio-cultural peculiarities that engendered Pidgin English. Please, submit a 250-word abstract and paper title along with your full names, institutional affiliation, and contact details (email and phone) to Dr. Peter Wuteh Vakunta (vakuntap@uindy.edu) and Dr. Gwamna (titilopes41@gmail.com) by April 5, 2017.