E6
Writing in the diaspora, writing for the diaspora

Convenors:
Mpalive Msiska (Birkbeck College, University of London)
David Maxwell (Keele University)
Stream:
Literature, media and the visual arts
Location:
G2
Start time:
12 September, 2006 at 16:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

none

Long abstract:

The panellists will consider some of the key themes in the recent literature produced by migrant African writers such as leaving, journeying, and managing cultural difference. They will also debate the broader context of Diasporic writing. To what extent has this new literature eclipsed or erased writing emanating from the African continent itself? Does the difficulty of publishing within Africa mean that we will only learn about contemporary African experiences as the Diaspora mediates them? What kind of connections are emerging, or might in the future emerge, between publishers in Africa and writers in the diaspora?