REVIVING THE GUARDIAN LITERARY SERIES
The 1980s was a momentous decade for Nigerian literature and one of the
enabling factors for the literary effulgence of that era was the robustness
of the critical enterprise woven around the literary productions.
Guardian newspaper provided a significant platform for the critical
engagement of writers, literary works and their raison d etre vis a vis
literary trends which ended up evolving into a national literature. Through
the famous, but now rested “The Guardian Literary Series”, the newspaper
provided scholars and critics a formidable site for engaging Nigerian
literature from different perspectives spanning from the oral tradition to
contemporary writings. The series ran for a decade or so before it folded
up. However, its remarkable critical output now make up two seminal volumes
of essays aptly titled Perspectives on Nigerian Literature: From 1700 to
the Present (vols. I and II) edited by Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi. The two volumes
remain, unarguably, the most authoritative statement on Nigerian literature
up to the late 1980s.
It is now many years since the stoppage of “The Guardian Literary Series”.
Yet so much has happened on the Nigerian literary scene with the emergence
of new writers and the evolution of new literary trends creating a big gap
in the critical evaluation of Nigerian literature. This awareness of a
critical vacuum calls for a revival of the platform which The Guardian
offered many years ago. It is for this reason that “The Guardian Literary
Series” is staging a comeback. There is so much to be written about
contemporary Nigerian literature and the scholars and critics are not short
This is a call to scholars, teachers and students of Nigerian literature to
embrace the new opportunity offered by “The Guardian Literary Series” to
send in publishable essays on all aspects/genres of Nigerian literature,
writers and their works, as well as literary trends and theories that are
of significance to it. Interviews with writers and critics, short stories
and poems are also welcomed. Such essays will be published on Sundays as it
was in “The Guardian Literary Series” of old.
The essays should be between 2000 and 2500 words in length sent as
attachment to: email@example.com .
There should neither be works cited nor
references at the end.
Authors of published essays will be paid a token of
We do look forward to your submissions soonest.
Dr. Sunny Awhefeada