Africa at Noon–February 1, 2012–Sofia Samatar

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Endangered Past: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart as Historical Reclamation

Sofia Samatar
PhD Student
Department of African Languages and Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Time and Location: 12:00pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI

This presentation makes use of Walter Benjamin’s “Theses on the Philosophy of History” to explore Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart as a project of historical reclamation.

Speaker’s Bio:
Sofia Samatar studies modern Egyptian and Sudanese literatures in the Department of African Languages and Literature. She has an M.A. from the department and is preparing a dissertation proposal on the uses of fantasy in the fiction of Tayeb Salih. Her interests include world literature, comparative literature, circulation and reception studies, fantasy and science fiction, and translation.

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