Saturday, July 15, 2017

Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Missing Abiola Irele

Chidi we are ALL reader- critics whether we are professionally trained as such or not.  What literary schooling does is develop what is already there.

What I was asking for is share your own take of Toyins work you assessed with others who may not be very familiar with his work and style.  That opens a window into your critical mind and helps them in their own assessments.  

It also demonstrates beyond doubt that you engage with the works of others and not just your own.

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From: Chidi Anthony Opara <>
Date: 15/07/2017 11:17 (GMT+00:00)
To: USA Africa Dialogue Series <>
Subject: Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Missing Abiola Irele

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The unkind word was describing my refusal as "escapist".

Yes, an artist, writer, etc, can double as a critic, but that is a personal choice, not a sine qua non.

You already know what I am and that is what I want to remain, so, when I read, I read as a reader, not as a critic. This position is however enough to enable me make informed comments on the materials I read.


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