A ‘decolonised’ syllabus: the BAME authors you think students should read
After Lola Olufemi’s call to ‘decolonise’ Cambridge’s English literature curriculum, we asked you to tell us which black and minority ethnic writers should be studied. Here are some of our favourite suggestions
Achebe’s masterpiece is a beautiful, profoundly engaging novel which explores the complex entanglements of history – the mapping of the space that is Africa and the time that is the era of empire – and the tragic implications of Europe’s invasion of the continent. Soyinka’s great historical tragedy dramatises, in stage decor and dialogue of exquisite beauty, the dark dilemmas of Yoruba metaphysics and mythology and the consequences of colonial intervention or interruption.
Idowu Omoyele, student, originally from Nigeria