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Title:May their shadows never shrink: Wole Soyinka and the Oxford professorship of poetry
Editors:Agyeman-Duah, IvorISNI
Newlyn, LucyISNI
City of publisher:Banbury
Publisher:Ayebia Clarke
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Great Britain
About person:Wole Soyinka (1934-)
Abstract:In 2015, the winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, Nigerian writer and political activist Wole Soyinka, was a candidate for the Oxford Professorhip of Poetry. Though an electoral favourite, he ended up not occupying the position, which had, since its establishment in 1708, predominantly been held by British white males. Chapter 1 of this book is a compilation of endorsements from prominent poets, writers and human rights activists supporting Soyinka's candidature; chapter 2, by Lucy Newlyn, gives a detailed account of the 2015 election, calling for reform in the electoral processes; chapter 3, by Ivor Agyeman-Duah addresses, amongst others, Soyinka's literary production; chapter 4, by Tiziana Morosetti, gives a review of Soyinka's 'Man and nature'; chapter 5 is poetry of disappointment, by some of those who had fervently hoped that Soyinka would occupy the position. [ASC Leiden abstract]