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May Their Shadows Never Shrink: Wole Soyinka and the Oxford Professorship of Poetry
This important book documents stimulating and engaging reflections and thoughts from international writers and commentators who collectively validate and establish Soyinka as more than deserving of the honour of the Oxford Professorship of Poetry. The co-editors Ivor Agyeman-Duah and Lucy Newlyn campaigned for the election of Soyinka and provide insightful analyses of the campaign while arguing for electoral reform. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of world literature and inclusiveness.
Key Selling Points
- An important volume documenting the campaign and features an impressive list of contributors from international writers and commentators expressing their views about why the Oxford Professorship of Poetry position matters and why Wole Soyinka would be a fitting winner.
- The book provides stimulating and engaging reflections that validate and establish Wole Soyinka as more than deserving of the honour of the position.
- The volume acknowledges the multi-faceted aspects of Soyinka’s character including his activism and argues that, the opportunity for Soyinka at Oxford would enrich the international credentials of the University and the country.
- This volume will appeal to studies on African Writing, World Literature, African Culture and History, as well as the ordinary reader.
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Ivor AGYEMAN-DUAH is a development specialist and former special advisor on international development cooperation to the Ghanaian President, John Agyekum Kufuor. He is a visiting Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg and author and co-editor of, Pilgrims of the Night: Development Challenges and Opportunities in Africa, Africa – A Miner’s Canary into the Twenty-First Century – Essays on Economic Governance and An Economic History of Ghana- Half a Century of Challenges and Progress.
Agyeman-Duah serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa and is a Member of the International Advisory Board of the University of Oxford’s African Studies Centre.
He has served as visiting Research Fellow at the Exeter College of the University of Oxford and the Hutchins Institute at Harvard University. He holds graduate degrees from the London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and the University of Wales.
Lucy Newlyn is Professor of English and Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of St Edmund Hall.