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Harris, A. & Hållén, N. (2020). African Street Literature: A Method for Emergent Form Beyond World Literature. Research in African Literatures, 51(3)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>African Street Literature: A Method for Emergent Form Beyond World Literature
2020 (English)In: Research in African Literatures, ISSN 0034-5210, E-ISSN 1527-2044, Vol. 51, no 3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Indiana University Press, 2020
Keywords
African Street Literature, Emergent form, literary methodology, African literature
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Comparative Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75662 (URN)
Available from: 2019-11-13 Created: 2019-11-13 Last updated: 2019-11-14Bibliographically approved
Hållén, N. (2018). A personal quest: Travel writing as self-exploration in Eddy L. Harris’s Native Stranger: A Blackamerican’s Journey into the Heart of Africa. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 53(3), 363-378
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A personal quest: Travel writing as self-exploration in Eddy L. Harris’s Native Stranger: A Blackamerican’s Journey into the Heart of Africa
2018 (English)In: Journal of Commonwealth Literature, ISSN 0021-9894, E-ISSN 1741-6442, Vol. 53, no 3, p. 363-378Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Native Stranger: A Blackamerican’s Journey into the Heart of Africa (1992), Eddy L. Harris explores what it means to be the person he is. What, if anything, connects him to Africa? What is the relation between the person he knows himself to be, and the person others see? Searching for answers to his questions, he finds himself caught between his attempts to remain open to new ways of seeing and understanding the world, on the one hand, and succumbing to the pressures of monolithic narratives about African otherness, race, belonging, roots and the past, on the other hand. This tension gives rise to an ambiguity and a number of contradictions which make the text fold back on itself. His literary project therefore ultimately serves to raise questions not only about his own identity and place in the world, but also about the conditions of writing about the self. Central among the contradictions that permeate the text is a doubling of epistemological perspectives, which can be described as an effect of what W. E. B. Dubois famously termed double-consciousness. While Harris is able to use the contradictions that arise from his writing to explore and represent the complexity of the questions that are foregrounded in his text, he is unable to answer them. His project is in other words a kind of failure, but as this article argues, this failure is the price that Harris pays to access the full complexity of selfhood, beyond political and social narratives about collective identity and how the present is shaped by the past.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2018
Keywords
travel literature, African American literature, self-exploration in literature, life-writing, the Black Atlantic
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Comparative Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75667 (URN)10.1177/0021989416653438 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-11-13 Created: 2019-11-13 Last updated: 2019-11-14Bibliographically approved
Hållén, N. (2018). African Alterity and Metaphoricity in John Slaughter’s Brother in the Bush. Alterity Studies and World Literature, 1(1), 49-66
Open this publication in new window or tab >>African Alterity and Metaphoricity in John Slaughter’s Brother in the Bush
2018 (English)In: Alterity Studies and World Literature, E-ISSN 2209-2412, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 49-66Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article studies alterity in John Slaughter’s travelogue Brother in the Bush: An African American’s Search for Self in East Africa (2005). The book chronicles the author’s travels in Africa in the wake of a life-altering experience that makes him want to change the way he lives and sees the world. He therefore travels to Africa in order to search for a new self and a view of the world free from the materialist greed, insularity and artificiality of life in the West. However, Slaughter’s Africa is, more than an actual geographical space, a well of metaphors and images that he uses to discuss the alienation of middleclass life in the West. These metaphors and images are meaningful primarily from the point of view of the life that he wants to leave behind, and the alterity of Africa therefore adds few ‘new’ insights and adds little to his process of inner change.

Keywords
Alterity, travel writing, travel literature, Africa, African diaspora
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Comparative Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75668 (URN)
Available from: 2019-11-13 Created: 2019-11-13 Last updated: 2019-11-14Bibliographically approved
Hållén, N. (2018). Manoeuvring through the traffic jam: A Conversation with Magnus Okeke about OkadaBooks and digital Publishing in Nigeria. English Studies in Africa, 61(2), 86-90
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Manoeuvring through the traffic jam: A Conversation with Magnus Okeke about OkadaBooks and digital Publishing in Nigeria
2018 (English)In: English Studies in Africa, ISSN 0013-8398, E-ISSN 1943-8117, English Studies in Africa, Vol. 61, no 2, p. 86-90Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OkadaBooks is an Android application and online platform for publishing and reading books electronically. It was founded by author and engineer Okechukwu Ofili and won mobile service provider MTN Nigeria’s App of the Year Award (2013) in the category Best Overall App’ (Osuagwu). At the time of writing, OkadaBooks offer their users more than 200 000 titles which have been downloaded more than one million times. OkadaBooks content ranges from novels and poetry to contemporary African comics, self-help literature and children’s literature. The newer material is to a large extent written by non-established writers who use the app as a way to reach readers rather than to earn money by letting the reader access their texts for free. Other writers’ books can be purchased through the app using a variety of payment methods. This interview with Magnus Okeke was done via email in September 2018, five years after the launch of OkadaBooks. Okeke became OkadaBooks’s first employee at the end of 2014. He leads what he calls a proactive customer support team’ who assist customers via phone, email, playstore and other channels. Okeke has studied computer science at Yaba College of Technology in Lagos, Nigeria, and is currently studying to become a product manager.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
publishing, Nigerian literature, digital publishing, digital literature, African literature
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75672 (URN)10.1080/00138398.2018.1540158 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-11-13 Created: 2019-11-13 Last updated: 2019-11-13Bibliographically approved
Hållén, N. (2018). OkadaBooks and the Poetics of Uplift. English Studies in Africa, 61(2), 36-48
Open this publication in new window or tab >>OkadaBooks and the Poetics of Uplift
2018 (English)In: English Studies in Africa, ISSN 0013-8398, E-ISSN 1943-8117, Vol. 61, no 2, p. 36-48Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article studies collections of inspirational poetry published on the Nigerian online platform and app, OkadaBooks. OkadaBooks lets users upload and access ebooks for free or at a low cost. Nigerian inspirational poetry can be seen as a hybrid poetic form that borrows from motivational speaking, self-help and religious pamphlet literature. The collections are marketed to readers as works of literature that through their literary qualities and poetic language can inspire the reader to create a better future for him- or herself. The main argument in the article is that the poetic and rhetorical devices that are used in this literature, which I propose to call the poetics of uplift, can be read as instrumental in the commodification of the text. The poets foreground the relevance and value of their texts through the different ways in which they promulgate a view of poetic language as having the power to change people’s futures for the better. The article looks specifically at how poets use literary devices such as the use of the pronoun you’ and the imperative grammatical mode to speak directly to the reader and further considers how these poems explicitly celebrate language and the very concept of poetry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018
Keywords
digital literature, Nigerian poetry, addressivity, commodification, motivational poetry
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75674 (URN)10.1080/00138398.2018.1540152 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-01144
Available from: 2019-11-13 Created: 2019-11-13 Last updated: 2019-11-13Bibliographically approved
Hållén, N. (2017). Travel Writing and the Representation of Concurrent Worlds: Caryl Phillips’ The Atlantic Sound and Noo Saro–Wiwa’s Looking for Transwonderland. In: Diana Brydon, Peter Forsgren, Gunlög Fur (Ed.), Concurrent Imaginaries, Postcolonial Worlds: Toward Revised Histories (pp. 59-76). Brill Academic Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Travel Writing and the Representation of Concurrent Worlds: Caryl Phillips’ The Atlantic Sound and Noo Saro–Wiwa’s Looking for Transwonderland
2017 (English)In: Concurrent Imaginaries, Postcolonial Worlds: Toward Revised Histories / [ed] Diana Brydon, Peter Forsgren, Gunlög Fur, Brill Academic Publishers, 2017, p. 59-76Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brill Academic Publishers, 2017
Series
Cross/cultures : Readings in post/colonial literatures and cultures in english
Keywords
Caryl Phillips, Noo Saro-Wiwa, representation, Africa, travel literature, travel writing, coloniality, decoloniality
National Category
Specific Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75678 (URN)10.1163/9789004347601_004 (DOI)9789004347045 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-11-12 Created: 2019-11-12 Last updated: 2020-02-06Bibliographically approved
Gregersdotter, K. & Hållén, N. (2015). Anthropomorphism and the Representation of Animals as Adversaries. In: Animal Horror Cinema: Genre, History and Criticism (pp. 206-223). Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Anthropomorphism and the Representation of Animals as Adversaries
2015 (English)In: Animal Horror Cinema: Genre, History and Criticism, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, p. 206-223Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In his 1977 essay ‘Why Look at Animals?’ John Berger writes about the place of animals in the visual cultures of modernity and postmodernity. The actual animal has all but disappeared from human life in modernity, Berger points out. Numerous species that used to be close to us humans, including animals that are still bred for their meat and hide, have been Largely removed from the lives of the vast majority of the population of the Western world. Few people ever have to think about the animal that the meat they eat once was. The animals that people do encounter are usually not ‘wild’ animals who behave as such: pets are seen as family members and zoo animals are domesticated and some are trained to perform tricks. However, while we have all but rid the urban and suburban West of animals, we have filled the resulting void with signs that remind us of their absence — though the wild animals themselves are gone, images of animals that invade human culture proliferate. The visual aspect of human-animal relations, in other words, did not disappear with the animal, but has lived on in forms ranging from anthropomorphic renderings of animals in Beatrix Potter’s books and numerous Disney cartoons to displays of live animals at aquariums and zoos — and, of course, animal and nature films. Urban Western modernity thus seems almost to dissolve the animal ‘into pure spectral-ity’ (Burt, 2002, pp. 26–7). The animal in (post)modern visual culture is a ghostly presence that the actual wild animal leaves behind.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
National Category
Studies on Film
Research subject
Film Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75645 (URN)10.1057/9781137496393_12 (DOI)978-1-137-49638-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-11-13 Created: 2019-11-13 Last updated: 2019-11-13Bibliographically approved
Gregersdotter, K., Hållén, N. & Höglund, J. (2015). Introduction. In: Animal Horror Cinema: Genre, History and Criticism (pp. 1-18). Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction
2015 (English)In: Animal Horror Cinema: Genre, History and Criticism, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, p. 1-18Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The introduction to this volume is intended as a tool for future study of Animal Horror Cinema. It first defines this type of Cinema as films that describe how a particular animal or an animal species commit a transgression against humanity and then recounts the punishment the animal must suffer as a consequence. The introductory chapter then discusses how Animal Horror Cinema both cements and complicates the basic conceptual separation of the human and non-human animal and how it raises crucial questions concerning human and animal ethics and the Anthropocene; the present era when humanity itself has become a destructive geological force. This chapter also discusses how the study of Animal Horror Cinema frequently explores matters of colonialism and postcolonialism, and how the genre interrogates gender and sexuality through the animal.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
Keywords
Animal Studies, Horror Studies
National Category
Studies on Film
Research subject
Film Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75657 (URN)10.1057/9781137496393_1 (DOI)978-1-137-49638-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-11-13 Created: 2019-11-13 Last updated: 2019-11-13Bibliographically approved
Hållén, N. & Remmington, J. (2015). “You want people to see you in all your nuanced variety”: An Interview with Noo Saro-Wiwa. Studies in Travel Writing, 19(3), 274-282
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“You want people to see you in all your nuanced variety”: An Interview with Noo Saro-Wiwa
2015 (English)In: Studies in Travel Writing, ISSN 1364-5145, E-ISSN 1755-7550, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 274-282Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Born in Nigeria in 1976, Noo Saro-Wiwa grew up in the UK. In 2008 she took a trip around the country of her birth. The journey resulted in her first book, Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria (Granta, 2012). It was selected as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week and the Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year in 2012. In this interview with Nicklas Hållén and Janet Remmington, Saro-Wiwa covers a range of topics and reflections, including (trans)national identities, readership and reception, the legacy of her father, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and the craft of travel writing. The interview incorporates questions and answers from two occasions: a face-to-face meeting in London in May 2014 and an audience-facing discussion at the University of York’s “African Intellectual Mobilities” colloquium in February 2015.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2015
Keywords
diaspora, african diaspora, nigerian diaspora, nigerian literature, travel writing, travel literature
National Category
Specific Languages General Literature Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75681 (URN)10.1080/13645145.2015.1074812 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-11-12 Created: 2019-11-12 Last updated: 2019-12-05Bibliographically approved
Hållén, N. (2014). "Can’t seem to live without it somehow": An interview with Eddy Harris. Studies in Travel Writing, 18(3), 279-294
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Can’t seem to live without it somehow": An interview with Eddy Harris
2014 (English)In: Studies in Travel Writing, ISSN 1364-5145, E-ISSN 1755-7550, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 279-294Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In his books about Paris and Harlem and his travelogues about journeys in Africa and the American South, African-American author Eddy L. Harris explores what it means to be Black in the present moment in history. In this interview, he talks to Nicklas Hållén about his need to travel, the craft of travel writing and his plans for a movie project about a journey down the Mississippi River. The conversation revolves particularly around his travelogue Native Stranger: A Blackamerican’s Journey into the Heart of Africa (1992) and the way in which identity conditions (and does not condition) travel and travel writing, and the functions that travel writing may have for the author as well as reader. The interview was conducted in the summer of 2013 at a café in the village of Pranzac in the Charente department of France, where Harris currently lives and works.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2014
Keywords
Travel writing, American travel literature, double consciousness, Africa, literature about Africa
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Comparative Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75671 (URN)10.1080/13645145.2014.942104 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-11-13 Created: 2019-11-13 Last updated: 2019-11-14Bibliographically approved
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