Tejumola Olaniyan Memorial Lecture: Tsitsi Jaji
“Gathering Thoughts: The Anthology as an African Genre”
Teju Olaniyan’s genius was manifest not only in his scholarship, but also in how he built communities of thought. Following this model, this lecture examines anthologies as a genre that reflects the ethics of interdependence and respect throughout Africa’s literary history.
Tsitsi Jaji is Helen S. Bevington Associate Professor of Modern Poetry in the Departments of English and African & African American Studies at Duke University. She is the author of two poetry collections, Mother Tongues and Beating the Graves, and a scholarly book, Africa in Stereo: Music, Modernism, and Pan-African Solidarity. Her current research on poetry in global Black concert music is supported by a Mellon New Directions Fellowship.