Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Toronto, ON. Born: Nigeria.
Dr. Uzoma Esonwanne is an Associate Professor of English in the Department of English and the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. He is also the Associate Director, Masters English Program. His research and teaching areas include: psychoanalysis and African literature, psychoanalysis and race, Nigerian poet Christopher Okigbo, and repetition in African and Diasporic literatures. Dr. Esonwanne has taught at St. Mary’s University; Dalhousie University, University of New Brunswick, and the University of Michigan.
Works: Editor, Critical Essays on Christopher Okigbo (2000); plus author of chapters in book; articles in: Research in African Literatures; New Formations; African American Revolution.
Education: Michigan Society of Fellows, University of Michigan (1989); PhD (1988); MA, University of New Brunswick (1984); BA, University of Nigeria (1982).
Favourite book? Alejo Carpentier’s The Kingdom of This World. It is a brilliant piece of verbal sculpting.
Favourite quote? “It is therefore, a source of great virtue for the practiced mind to learn, bit by bit, first to change about in visible and transitory things, so that afterwards it may be able to leave them behind altogether. The person who finds his homeland sweet is still a tender beginner; he to whom every soil is as his native one is already strong; but he is perfect to whom the entire world is as a foreign place. The tender soul has fixed his love on one spot in the world; the strong person has extended his love to all places; the perfect man has extinguished his” – Hugo of St. Victor, Didascalicon
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Make a film.
What inspires you? The resilience of women, especially in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and South America.
Why do you do what you do? Why would I not do what I do?