Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chimalum Nwankwo reads from and discusses his work

Reading and Discussion : 109 Deptford Town Hall Building, Tue, 29 Jun 2010 17:30:00 BST

We are delighted to announce our latest event at the Pinter centre for Performance and creative Writing.

Nigerian Scholar and Poet Chimalum Nwankwo will be reading from his latest collection of poems Of the Deepest Shadows and Prisons of Fire on 29th June
at 5:30pm.

The reading will be followed by a chance to discuss the work with the author.

This is the last in this years series of seminars presented by the Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing as part of the AHRC-funded
project: 'Beyond The Linear Narrative'

The event is free and drinks & snacks will be provided.

Event to be held in Deptford Town Hall building room 109. 5:30. 29th June.

About Chimalum Nwankwo

Born in Anambra State, Nigeria, Chimalum Nwankwo was educated in Nigeria
and the United States of America. He holds a Ph.D in English from the
University of Texas, Austin, and is currently a Professor of English at
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro. His other publications
include the following poetry collections:

Feet of the Limping Dancers (1987), Toward the Aerial Zone (1988), Voices
from Deepwater (1997), The Womb in the Heart (2002),

Professor Nwankwo won the Association of Nigerian Authors Poetry prize in
1998 and again in 2002. He was awarded the senior Fullbright Scholarship
for scholarly research and teaching in Nigeria.

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About the Project

'Beyond the Linear Narrative...' is a 3 year AHRC funded research project being carried out by the Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Taking Pinter’s work as a starting point for, or symbol of, the fracturing of narrative across many art-forms in twentieth and twenty-first century work, this research project asks a series of questions about the links between inter-cultural and political change and the emergence, or re-emergence, of non-linear and fractured narrative.

Focussing on literature and performance, particularly in postcolonial and diasporic contexts, it will ask why non-linear narrative has been such a feature of this period’s artistic production. If these fractured and experimental forms are a response to the breakdown of the west’s grand narratives of progress, what forms of resistance or revision do they provide?

In what ways can they be seen to emerge from the increasing interaction of different cultures in the colonial, post-colonial and post-Cold War world? How do such fractured narratives work in postcolonial and diasporic writing and performance? How can these fractured forms explore our culturally diverse society’s competing and conflicting narratives?

The project addresses the ways changing understandings of the self have contributed to the disruption of linear narrative, and in particular, how fractured narratives enable the move away from the Cartesian mind/body duality to an understanding of the embodied self, making the writing of the body such an important element in contemporary performance, fiction and life-writing.

About the Pinter Centre

The Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing is an interdisciplinary research centre at Goldsmiths University involving principally the Departments of English & Comparative Literature and of Drama, with links with Media and Communications, Music, PACE and the Digital Studios.

In line with Harold Pinter’s keen awareness of the centrality of political issues, the Centre is particularly committed to looking at postcolonial and diasporic literature and performance, and the ways in which contemporary creativity is forging new forms that respond to the cultural diversity of the world in which we live. It also has a strong interest in questions of gender, and writing and performing the body.

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