DETENTION and AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL TEXTS from AFRICA
Nelson Mandela’s A long walk to freedom (1994) is probably the most well-known autobiography from Africa that relates to the issue of detention, but it is certainly not the only one. In the course of Africa’s history, many autobiographical texts have been produced that relate to confinement and imprisonment. Thus, including Mandela’s autobiographical narrative, there exists a large body of texts that relates to the conditions of imprisonment during Apartheid. Furthermore, a number of African autobiographical texts discuss colonial detention; a case in point being the Mau Mau memoirs from Kenya. Finally, the critical stance of many African authors vis-à-vis postcolonial policies has led to a relatively large number of them being arrested and detained, an experience some of these authors write about in autobiographical narrative.
This panel focuses on the experience of detention in autobiographical writing from Africa. The range of themes and foci is open and may include: the notion of confinement itself in relation to authorial strategies and creativity, aspects of gender and imprisonment, relations between the state and artistic production, etc. Papers from all disciplines or from an interdisciplinary stance are welcome.
Submit your paper proposal to:
Inge Brinkman (Inge.Brinkman@UGent.be) by 6 February 2018 (As the deadline for the ASAUK submission is 16 February 2018 this will leave some time for the final organisation of the panel).
The panel features in the Thematic Stream:
TEXT, PARATEXT AND CONTEXT IN AFRICAN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NARRATIVES.
(organised by Godwin Siundu, Tom Odhiambo and Inge Brinkman).