50 years of Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God: A panel/ symposium of the Biennial Conference of the African Studies Association UK 20
Chinua Achebe's third novel, Arrow of God (1964)—of all his novels, the one he admitted he was most likely to be caught sitting down to read again—has been hailed by many as his most accomplished work. However, despite its pre-eminence in Achebe's canon, it has been generally overshadowed by the searing power of the canonicity, foundational status, and enduring influence of Things Fall Apart. To mark the novel's fiftieth anniversary, this panel seeks to reexamine the complexity and significance of Arrow of God. The convenor invites papers on any topic related to the novel. Possible topics include, but are in no way limited to:
Arrow of God in dialogue with other texts.
Humour, parody and irony in Arrow of God.
Arrow of God and questions of gender.
Comparative readings of Arrow of God with other African novels on the colonial theme.
Colonial whiteness and counternarrativity in Arrow of God
Teaching Arrow of God
Translating Arrow of God
Contemporary reader responses to Arrow of God.
Arrow of God and pre-colonial Igbo artforms.
Arrow of God and its dramatic adaptations.
Presentations will last around twenty minutes, followed by discussion. Please send informal queries and abstracts of no more than 250 words and a brief bio, including contact information to T.Ochiagha@sussex.ac.uk . For further information, please visit http://www.asauk.net/conferences/asauk14.shtml. The call for papers for this panel closes on 1 April 2014.