Tuesday, July 11, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: Missing Abiola Irele


Pele oo. Don't be despair oo. I hope you'll find the strength to bear the loss of Prof. Irele. He was truly one of your dedicated fans on WSS (Wole Soyinka Society). 

When I heard about his death, I immediately thought about your relationship with him on the WSS listserv. Afterwards, I surfed the listserv to read Prof. Irele's last interaction with you on March 3, 2017.  

Olodumare a mu ojo jina si ra o. Won o ni ku aku fa o. Olodumare a duro ti awon omo ati ebi won o. Ase. 

Here: The thread between Toyin and Prof. Irele on 3/3/2017. 

11942Re: [WoleSoyinkaSociety] Fwd: Literatures as World Literature: explore the series

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  • Francis Irele
    Mar 4
    Of course I will. I'll send you the draft when it's ready.


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    On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 6:27 PM, Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju toyin.adepoju@... [WoleSoyinkaSociety] <WoleSoyinkaSociety@yahoogroups.com> wrote:


    could you clarify on the subject of terminology, prof. Irele?

    i hope you'll inform us when the collection comes out.



    On 3 March 2017 at 23:45, Francis Irele abiolairele@... [WoleSoyinkaSociety] <WoleSoyinkaSociety@ yahoogroups.com> wrote:

    I'm preparing an Introduction to a collection of my essays. I argue that the terms we now work with in literary criticism are meaningless-- terms such as world literature and postcolonial literature--and should now be discarded. 


    On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 5:25 PM, Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju toyin.adepoju@... [WoleSoyinkaSociety] <WoleSoyinkaSociety@yahoogroup s.com> wrote:

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    From: Bloomsbury Literary Studies <csm@...>
    Date: 1 March 2017 at 16:02
    Subject: Literatures as World Literature: explore the series
    To: toyin.adepoju@...

On Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 4:22:28 PM UTC-7, Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju wrote:
I will really miss Abiola Irele.

There are certain things one understands better only when it is too late, having blindly related to the world as if immortality was assured, and there would be enough time to do all that needs to be done.

He was one of my dedicated fans, though I  performed below expectation too many times, in the spirit of a person drunk on opportunity, the variety a haze blocking clarity of vision.

One might not understand what love is at times, until it is gone.

On the long journey of trying to understand who I really am, he gave me a lot of support, giving unqualified identification to  my choice of social media and self publishing online platforms as  primary scholarly publicisation systems, on the basis of which he offered me sterling opportunities in mainstream academic publication, some of which I was wise enough to make the most of.

I have never been completely at home with schooling and  academia  in their currently globally dominant sense, and Irele's appreciation of my efforts as I sought to find my own way has been  central fuel in that struggle.

He is a colossus, yet always appreciative of any effort one makes to highlight his inimitable radiance.

Something important is gone from my life.What flows in to occupy the void thus created?

The memory of the coruscation of power that is the master. The foregrounding of the abyss against which one must measure oneself.

I have so much I want to share with you. Work already done which I saw myself as too occupied to share. Work in progress which is likely to delight him. That attentive ear is gone from the space we long shared.


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