Ayi Kwei Armah’s “The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born” (1968), an Inspiration

Friday, January 20, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Yale Center for British Art YCBA, Second-floor Galleries See map
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Event description: 

Stephanie Newell, George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University, will discuss the classic Ghanaian novel that inspired Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s ongoing series “The Beautyful Ones,” represented in the YCBA’s current exhibition of her work. Newell will describe the history and context of Ayi Kweh Armah’s novel of Ghanaian independence, and explore some of its themes. In this visceral novel, filled with dirt and bodily fluids, Armah vividly conjures the stench of political corruption. Through sarcasm and comic exaggeration, he confronts Africa’s political class and asks if and when the continent’s ideals will begin to flower. The talk will present scenes from the novel and invite comparisons with Akunyili Crosby’s series.

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