What happens when black and brown authors write about white people? Although novels by Chinelo Okparanta and Mohsin Hamid tread into this risky unknown, they do not go far enough.
Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Nobel Prize for Literature win raises questions about the role of the LitNobel and how they construct what we think of and buy as African literature.
What counts as “authentic” decolonization as the term takes over our social media and influencer bubbles? And how we can sharpen our activism.
Somali-Canadian writers lay bare the harsh realities of being Black, migrant and Muslim in multicultural and ostensibly tolerant Toronto.
What if you survey African literature professors to find out which works and writers are most regularly taught? Only a few canonical ones continue to dominate curricula.
Because of the 1994 genocide, Rwanda occupies a complicated place in the world’s imagination. A new film, about the preceding 1973 pogrom, wants to demystify that view. Does it succeed?
A documentary film takes Fanon’s ideas out of the past and tracks the ways in which his ideas are resonating with today’s young across the planet.
The friendship of the poets Syl Cheney-Coker and Niyi Osundare is the subject of the road movie documentary, “The Poets.”
In the Global North, Africa never inspires radically new terms of representation. It always presents itself as an entity grounded in an anthropological reality.
Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s perturbing review of Maya Jasanoff’s travelogue of going up the Congo River as she’s accompanied by Joseph Conrad’s novel, ‘Heart of Darkness.”
The South African question is far too important to accommodate an explanation that is simplistic and childish.
The online retrospective, “Literary Sudans,” is intended to highlight the two Sudans as sites of literature and culture.