Soyinka, Winner Of The 1986 Nobel Prize In Literature, To Give A
Series Of Lectures At U.Va.
Sept. 2, 1999 -- Nigerian playwright, poet,
novelist, essayist and democracy activist Wole Soyinka will visit
the University of Virginia in September. During his stay, Soyinka,
who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in literature, will present three Page-Barbour
lectures on the theme of African expression and censorship. The
lectures, at 4 p.m. in Minor Hall Auditorium on Sept. 21, 22 and
23, with a reception following in the lobby, are open to the public.
(A schedule of individual lectures is below.)
as perhaps Africas finest writer, Soyinka has published more
than 40 works in which he chronicles political turmoil while blending
indigenous Yoruban and European traditions.
Nigerias civil war, Soyinka was arrested in 1967 and imprisoned
for more than two years for his protests against the governments
brutal policies and actions. Deprived of books to read and materials
with which to write, Soyinka made his own ink to keep a diary which
he wrote on scraps of cigarette wrappers and toilet paper as well
as between the lines of books he was able to secretly obtain.
prison notes, "The Man Died," were published in 1972.
Other well-known works include "The Lion and the Jewel,"
"Madmen and Specialists," "A Shuttle in the Crypt,"
"Season of Anomy," "Death and the Kings Horseman,"
and his autobiography, "Akè: The Years of Childhood,"
in which he recounts the first ten years of his life in the context
of his country and its history.
who is currently the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of the Arts at
Emory University, has taught at Yale, Cornell, Cambridge and Harvard.
Page-Barbour Lectures, established in 1907, have brought to U.Va.
such notable figures as poets T.S. Eliot and W.H Auden, historian
of science and technology Thomas P. Hughes, art historian Barbara
Stafford, political scientist Lisa Anderson, journalist Walter Lippman
and philosopher John Dewey.
more information contact Teju Olaniyan, associate professor of English
at (804) 924-7105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Muse at War:
Expression and the Siege of Censors
Wars: The Windmills of Canon
Colonial Burden and the New Imperators
of Memory and the Terminal Censor
lectures are at 4 p.m. in Minor Hall Auditorium with a reception
following in the lobby.
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298