CFP: Nigerian Poetry (12/05; journal issue)
CFP: NNP Journal 2006 Edition, Deadline: December 2005
Papers are invited for publication in 2006 edition of the New Nigerian Poetry Journal, NNP. The 2005 issue, dedicated to retiring professor of English, Romanus Egudu for his contributions in expanding the frontiers of African literature and Nigerian poetry, is available for distribution courtesy of Progeny (Africa Research) International. [Website] www.africaresearch.us
New Voices of Nigerian Poetry
This 2006 edition will feature reviews and criticisms of major works of poetry on any recent Nigerian poet. E-copies of the following volumes of poetry may be arranged for interested contributors: (Please visit our website for details.)
OSSIE ENEKWE: Broken Pots, Marching to Kilimanjaro and other Poems, Gentle Birds; PETER ONWUDINJO: Women of Biafra and other Poems; NIYI OSUNDARE: Moonsongs, Village Voices; CHIN CE: Full Moon, An African Eclipse and other Poems; ANEZI OKORO: Songs for Schools; JOE USHIE: Hillsongs, Reign of Locusts; TOYIN ADEWALE: Naked Testimonies, CHRIS NWAMUO: Lamentation; OBIORA UDECHUKWU: What the Madman Said; KING UDE: Smiling Through Tears, Going To School; EBELE EKO: Colour Him Purple.
Literary Chat Forum Continues
Our Literary Chat Forum for exchange of views and opinions on issues in poetry will continue to host invited writers and literary critics. Please indicate your interest to participate in this year's Chat Topic: "Nigerian War Poetry" by writing to GMT Emezue <gmtemezue_at_yahoo.com>
Major Points of Critical Focus/Study
A. Criticism of Nigerian, and African, Poetry
Nigerian Poetry: Early through Contemporary Periods.
Theoretical Standards for Criticism of Nigerian poetry.
Critical Theories for Nigerian Poetry
Post Colonial and Post Modernist Tendencies in New Nigerian poetry.
B. Eco-Poetry in Nigeria
Investigating the new poetry preoccupied with space, environment and natural conditions (as in the poems of Nnimo Bassey, Niyi Osundare); the War poems of Onwudinjo, Enekwe, and the celebrative nature-dominant poems of Chin Ce, Joe Ushie, and Adewale, etc.
C. Gender Issues in Nigerian Poetry
The paucity of critical recognition of Nigerian female poets necessitates the theme of this edition.
Focus on recent Nigerian female poets and their impact in the development of the genre.
Gender biases and expressions in the language/ imagery of Nigerian female poets.
C. Nigerian War Poetry
Reactions to, and in recognition of, the influence of the Nigeria-Biafra war has generated a brand of lyrical poetry that seek expression for that era of trauma and its aftermath. See the poems of Obiora Udechukwu, Peter Onwudinjo and Ossie Enekwe.
War, Strife and their impact on society.
Effects of Culture and Value Shifts in the New Poetry.
The Influence of War in New Nigeria Poetry.
D. Children's Poetry
Focus on the increasing divide between oral poems for children in the nursery schools and written poems (in major languages) as an issue of critical attention.
Analysis of poetry for the younger generation as expressed in Ude's acoustic devices, Ossie Enekwe's Gentle Birds and Anezi Okoro's Songs for Schools
Oral Poetry and Poems of Indigenous Expressions.
Oral Tradition in Nigerian Poetry: Papers should explore the oral nature of New Nigerian poetry and the eclectics of Emerging Voices.
Papers in this section may feature reviews or review essays some poets or anthologies.
Preview (E–) Copies: Arrangements are being made to make E-copies of the listed volumes of Poetry available to reviewers/ scholars/ researchers who may so request them for the purpose of this exercise.
Submission Format /Requirements
- shall not exceed 6,000 words; must adopt the MLA style of documentation; to be sent by Electronic mail Attachment in MS Word Format to GMT Emezue (Editor), gmtemezue_at_yahoo.com>
- Deadline for submission December 2005.
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