Mathias Iroro Orhero

Mathias Iroro Orhero
McGill University | McGill · Department of English

B.A., M.A.

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Introduction
Mathias Iroro Orhero is a doctoral researcher in the Department of English at McGill University and a Part-Time Faculty in the Department of English, Concordia University, both in Montreal, Canada. He does research in African Literature, Canadian Literature, Comparative and World Literature, Minority Studies, Orature, Poetry and Poetics.
Additional affiliations
January 2022 - present
Concordia University Montreal
Position
  • Instructor
October 2018 - September 2020
Delta State University, Abraka
Position
  • Lecturer
January 2018 - October 2018
University of Uyo
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
January 2016 - July 2018
University of Uyo
Field of study
  • English
January 2010 - April 2014
Delta State University, Abraka
Field of study
  • English

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Publications (20)
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In his article “Urhobo Folklore and Udje Aesthetics in Ojaide’s In the House of Words and Songs of Myself” Mathias Orhero argues that Ojaide’s poetry incorporates Urhobo folkloric contents and Udje style. Using African New Criticism as its theoretical anchor, this paper reveals that Ojaide amply deploys Urhobo folkloric contents and Udje aesthetics...
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This article examines individualism and memory in Robert Frost's A Boy's Will (1913) and Tanure Ojaide's The Beauty I have seen (2010). The paper adopts existentialism as a critical approach. Previous studies on these poets, especially Ojaide, have neglected the individualistic nature of their poetry and stereotyped the poets. This article, thus, b...
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Only a few dedicated studies have been done on the roles played by little magazines in the development of modern African poetry. These studies often limit themselves to a particular phase or period. It is this lacuna in scholarship that this paper investigates by engaging with the roles played by little magazines in developing modern African poetry...
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Festus Iyayi’s novels were published between 1979 and 1986 and since that time, he has attracted ample critical attention. Many critics have hinged their interpretation of Iyayi’s fiction on the frame of Marxism. Others have been concerned more broadly with ideological discourse and social realism in the novels. This paper argues that scholarship o...
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Monica Popescu’s At Penpoint: African Literatures, Postcolonial Studies, and the Cold War invites us to rethink the place of African literature in the context of the Cold War. Based on the premise that the superpowers — the West and Eastern bloc — held African cultural productions at “penpoint” through competing imperialisms and aesthetic systems,...
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Although Joe Ushie’s poetry has received critical attention, studies focus mainly on the socio-political and ecological issues prevalent in the poems. Our paper is interested in the way Ushie uses the idea of human-animal metamorphosis and animal symbolism in expressing his ecological and socio-political concerns, personal vision, and other forms o...
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A Review of Tanure Ojaide and Joyce Ashuntantang's Routledge Handbook of Minority Discourses in African Literature. Published in Vol. 95 No. 3 (Summer 2021) of World Literature Today.
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Review of Sule Egya's Nature, Environment, and Activism in Nigerian Literature
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There are many representations of disease outbreaks or epidemics in creative literature. However, scholarship on the representation of disease outbreaks or epidemics in literary studies is scarce. This paper derives from the preceding lacuna and engages the place of disease and epidemic discourse from the literary point of view. We argue that Afric...
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This study examines the recurring metaphors, symbols, and images that allude to Ken Saro-Wiwa in Tanure Ojaide’s Delta Blues and Ibiwari Ikiriko’s Oily Tears of the Delta. Niger Delta poets have portrayed images and reflected on the ideologies associated with Saro-Wiwa in different ways, thereby establishing a motif of Saro-Wiwa in Niger Delta poet...
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The influence of socio-political and economic realities continues to flock the literary sphere of Nigerian literature. In the genre of poetry, a park of social and political realities have always been the burden of early poets like Wole Soyinka, Tanure Ojaide, Niyi Osundare, Odia Ofeimun, Ezenwa Ohaeto, J.P Clark, Christopher Okigbo, among others,...
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This paper examines eco-activism in Nnimmo Bassey's I Will Not Dance to Your Beat and Albert Otto's Letters from the Earth. Although studies exist on Niger Delta literature, the two texts selected for this research are yet to receive ample critical attention. This paper adopts Lawrence Buell's second-wave eco-critical theoretical positions to exami...
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Tanure Ojaide’s poetry has attracted wide scholarship. Many critics are of the view that Ojaide is a socio-political and an eco-centric poet. While this is true, at least with reference to his previous collections of poems, his newer collection of poems are yet to attract ample critical analysis. Furthermore, studies have not critically examined th...
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This study examines the representation of police brutality, alongside its many indices, in Alex La Guma's A Walk in the Night. This study is predicated on the background that La Guma's work has been studied mainly as an apartheid work even though the role(s) of the police in victimising and brutalising blacks have not received enough critical atten...
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This article examines individualism and memory in Robert Frost’s A boy’s will (1913) and Tanure Ojaide’s The beauty I have seen (2010). The paper adopts existentialism as a critical approach. Previous studies on these poets, especially Ojaide, have neglected the individualistic nature of their poetry and stereotyped the poets. This article, thus, b...
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This paper examines the various canons of modern African poetry. It is predicated on the background that periodisation in African poetry has attracted arguments over the years. The study assesses some of these views on periodisation and harmonises them using representative works for analysis. The concepts of literary canon and modern African poetry...
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This paper argues that history and politics drive the thematic and stylistic peculiarities of 21 st century Nigerian poetry. Only a handful of studies have been done in this regard. Furthermore, few notable studies have been done on Odia Ofeimun's A Boiling Caracas and Rome Aboh's A Torrent of Terror. This paper, therefore, brings the "new" poetry...
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This study investigates the themes that border upon the Caribbean experience in Derek Walcott's Omeros. A brief introduction to the poetry of Derek Walcott is given before attempts are made at rendering some of the themes of the work such as identity, slavery/colonialism, rootlessness, reconciliation, and migration. These themes are discussed with...

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