Malik Ade

Doctoral Candidate

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Room: 3.019
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 62571

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Academic Profile

Constructions of Masculinities and Dependencies in Nigerian Novels—working title

My project looks into how Nigerian fictional writers simultaneously construct and contest men’s masculinity and its manifestations of (strong) asymmetrical dependencies. Selected novels explore a fictional world where a certain category of men (hegemonic masculinity) controls and accesses the bodies and resources of other men and women; intersectionality of sex, age, race, class, and affiliations with certain institutions, deliberate access and control of others. My critical focus on the fragility that subject masculinity to change, vulnerability and instability, conceptualizes the social inequalities that inform the writers’ colonial and postcolonial imaginations about Nigeria. The settings of selected novels connect Lagos with southwestern Nigerian communities and to the global world, as fictional humans relate temporarily and permanently. The relational process reflects continuities and disruptions of constructed masculinities and asymmetrical dependencies.

since 2019
Ph.D. Studies in English Literature and Culture, University of Bonn, Germany

M.A. Studies in African Studies: Literature and Culture, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

B.A. Studies in English Literature, History and Religion, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

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