The Graduate Program in English
presents a talk by Nathan Suhr-Sytsma
Transnational Lines, or Poetry in the Era of Decolonization
Since Chinua Achebe appropriated the phrase Things Fall Apart from W. B. Yeats, African literature has often been framed as a response to earlier British and Irish texts. This talk takes up Christopher Okigbo’s “Lament of the Masks,” a poem that strikingly addresses Yeats in the idiom of a Yoruba oríkì or praise-song, in order to propose a new approach to reading twentieth-century anglophone poetry.
Tuesday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m.
Tribble Hall, Room A108