African political cartoons inspire research on ‘subversives’

by Paroma Basu, UW-Madison Communications

The politics of subversion, and the people who risk everything to shake up the status quo, fascinate Teju Olaniyan.

Olaniyan, professor of English and African languages and literature and a fellow this semester at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, is working on a book about a particular form of subversion: the political cartoon. He is focusing on cartoonists working in English-speaking African countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Later, he will expand his scholarly inquiry to cartoonists working anywhere in Africa.

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