Teaching Postmillennial African Novels (NeMLA 2024:March 7-10, 2024 Boston, MA)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA 2024
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This roundtable invites teachers/ scholars who have been incorporating African texts into their curriculum to discuss successful pedagogical strategies for teaching postmillennial African narratives. Many of these texts have continued to garner international attention by winning prestigious literary prizes. While there are several pedagogical texts on older-generation African texts, there is a dearth of resources focused on teaching these newer texts. Our goal as organizers of this roundtable is that these initial discussions will blossom into an edited volume on teaching postmillennial African narratives. We invite instructors to submit abstracts that focus on teaching specific texts from the African canon, including the works of authors like Helon Habila, Teju Cole, Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie, Chris Abani, Imbolo Mbue, NoViolet Bulawayo, Tsisti Dangarembga, Nnedi Okorafor, Yaa Gyasi, Leye Adenle, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, among several others. Since the roundtable targets scholars interested in teaching African Literature, less-known authors and approaches are welcome. Specifically, we would like to learn about the secondary materials that facilitate your pedagogy, multimodal devices used for context creation, and emergent themes in contemporary African narratives. We would also appreciate contributions by scholars who teach African Literature in the context of other courses like Global or World Literature, Comparative Literature, Literature and Gender, and History. Themes of discussion can include but are not limited to the following:

• Afropolitanism in Contemporary African Narratives

• Africanfuturism and Reimagination of African Realities

• Animist Thoughts in Contemporary African Literature

• Postfeminism in Contemporary African Narratives

• Poverty Porn Narratives of Africa

• African Literature and Affect Theory

• The City in Contemporary African Narratives

• African Crime Narratives

• Postcolonial African Environmentalism

Submit your abstract to NeMLA at View Session (cfplist.com) by September 30. Send questions to the panel chair at olaoyee@gmail.com