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Fairy tale after empire: The inaugural lecture of Professor Andrew Teverson

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Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Room JG0003, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Price: free
Speaker(s): Professor Andrew Teverson

Fairy tale after empire: The inaugural lecture of Professor Andrew Teverson

This lecture will explore the political functions of traditional narratives in situations of anti-colonial struggle and post-colonial cultural recovery. It seeks to understand how the European canon of fairy tales has been shaped by, and continues to reflect, colonial values. It also seeks to understand the various ways in which anti-colonial writers since the early twentieth century have used traditional narratives as political tools, to challenge European cultural imperialism, and to revive and redignify native cultures exploited, appropriated and denigrated in the colonial period.

The lecture will consider, amongst other things, Frantz Fanon and Amilcar Cabral's arguments about the political functions of popular tradition, the uses of the Yoruba story ‘Ajantali or the Noxious Guest' in the work of D.O. Fagunwa and Amos Tutuola, Chinua Achebe's adaptation of Igbo folklore, and the refashioning of the European story of Bluebeard in Tayeb Salih's novel, A Season of Migration to the North.

Followed by a wine reception. All welcome.

Booking is essential to attend this event.

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Contact: Lucy Williams
Email: l.williams@kingston.ac.uk

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