Kolawole Olaiya joined the English Department in the fall of 2009. His formal academic training includes a B.A. (Hon.) in dramatic arts from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria (1987); an M.A. in English (African Literature) from the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria (1995); and a Ph.D. in Drama (with specialization in postcolonial drama) at the University of Toronto, (2007). Dr. Olaiya holds certificates in television production, directing, and scriptwriting form institutions in Nigeria, Ghana, France and Germany. He has professional experience as an assistant director, producer, and director of theatre and TV dramas in Nigeria and Canada. His research interests include Africa and African Diaspora literatures, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, disability studies, film and television scriptwriting, and literary and film criticism.

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Film & TV Screenwriting

Skills used in dramatic writing for visual media, with special focus on film and television conducted as a workshop on how to write feature films and various types of television drama scripts.


Global Issues in Literature

Study of postcolonial responses to and re-authoring of different Western literary canons, including examples from drama, fiction and poetry. Study of literary practices from diverse postcolonial locations (Africa and the Caribbean) to enable understanding of how through literary adaptations and oppositional writings third world writers respond to writings from Europe and America.


Culture & Pol in African Lit

A cross-genre survey of the literature of the African Continent. Attention will be paid to significant formal innovations and thematic preoccupations that define African literature. Exploring structures across literary and cultural boundaries like genre, race, gender, class and politics, in order to gain valuable insights into the relationship between literature and society, especially how texts participate in, and document the changing conditions of African societies.


Stage, Social Struggle, Theory

Exploration of the way the theatre and drama become sites for producing social discourses and institutions. Focusing on one or more key periods in world drama, students will study the interrelations of plays, theoretical formulations, and specific material conditions of performance.


Senior Seminar in English

Course topic changes with each offering.


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