Thursday, 9 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Colorado, Sheraton Chicago
Program arranged by the Division on African Literatures
Presiding: Alain Lawo Sukam, Texas A&M Univ., College Station; Neil ten Kortenaar, Univ. of Toronto
1. "Obinkaram Echewa's I Saw the Sky Catch Fire: Politicization of the Female Body and Theories of Agency," Naminata Diabate, Cornell Univ.
2. "Who Are the People? Restricting Polyphonic Narratives of State in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and Aminatta Forna's The Memory of Love," Maya Ganapathy, Washington Univ. in St. Louis
3. "Globalism/Localism, State, and (Trans)National Identities in the Literature of Equatorial Guinea," Clément Akassi, Howard Univ.
4. "Accessing the State of Things: Failure and Nuruddin Farah's Fiction," Amanda Waugh, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst