P175
The Urban Space and the African Short Story in English

Convenors:
Oyeniyi Okunoye (Obafemi Awolowo Universty, Ile-Ife)
Stream:
Panels
Location:
PG215
Start time:
1 July, 2017 at 9:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel welcomes papers that appreciate the diverse ways in which the urban space is shaping the development of African short fiction in English.

Long abstract:

The city is increasingly becoming the dominant site for the production of written African literature. Experiences within the city, city dwellers and the metropolitan environment that they sustain, continue to feed the creative imagination of many writers of short stories in and about the continent. This development creates a basis for exploring the implications of this for both what contemporary African short fiction engages and how it is written. This panel welcomes papers that appreciate the diverse ways in which the urban space is shaping the development of African short fiction in English. It is interested in proposals that engage the following within national and transnational contexts: +the typology of African short story + the mapping of cityscapes in African short fiction in English+ emergent trends in African short stories in the city+ the invention of national and other identities in the African short story of English expression set in the urban environment + the urban versus rural setting in contemporary African short fiction in English.