English Research Seminar Series

'Nigeria is my Playground': Nigerian travel writers writing Nigeria

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As part of the School of Arts and Humanities English Research Seminar Series, Dr Rebecca Jones from the University of Birmingham presents: 'Nigeria is my Playground': Nigerian travel writers writing Nigeria.

  • From: Wednesday 26 October 2016, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 26 October 2016, 2 pm
  • Location: 101, Mary Ann Evans building, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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As part of the School of Arts and Humanities English Research Seminar Series, Dr Rebecca Jones from the University of Birmingham presents: 'Nigeria is my Playground': Nigerian travel writers writing Nigeria.

Summary

"Nigeria is my playground", proclaimed Nigerian travel writer Pẹ̀lú Awófẹ̀sọ when I interviewed him in 2011. This paper asks what it means for Nigerian writers to lay claim to both Nigeria as their "playground", and to travel writing as a genre. I discuss two case studies separated by nearly a hundred years: Yoruba-language travel narratives published in the Lagos newspapers of the 1920s and 30s, and travel narratives published since 2000, many of them online, by Pẹ̀lú Awófẹ̀sọ and other contemporary Nigerian travel writers. In doing so, I examine the ways Nigerian travel writers relate to the Western travel-writing canon, and the other ways we might read their work, beyond its relation to that canon.

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Location details

Room/Building:

101, Mary Ann Evans building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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