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Title:Achebe's world: African literature at fifty
Editor:Korang, Kwaku LarbiISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Research in African Literatures (ISSN 0034-5210)
Volume:42
Issue:2
Pages:1-104
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:novels
literary criticism
festschrifts (form)
About person:Albert Chinualumogu Achebe (1930-2013)ISNI
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/toc/ral.42.2.html
Abstract:This special issue of 'Research in African Literatures' is a tribute to Nigerian writer Chinua Acheba (born 1930). It features a cluster of essays on Achebe's earlier novels 'Things fall apart' (1958), 'No longer at ease' (1960), and 'Arrow of God' (1964). Various interpretations of Achebe's essentially tragic vision are included. For Kwaku Larbi Korang in his essay, 'Making a post-Eurocentric humanity', Achebe is a tragic realist in 'Things fall apart'. Writing about the same novel, Sofia Samatar depicts an Achebe whose tragic vision is tempered by a Benjaminian 'historical materialism'. Ato Quayson, in 'Self-writing and existential alienation in African literature' sees an existentialist expression of Achebe's tragic vision in 'Arrow of God'. In 'The paddle that speaks English: Africa, NGOs, and the archaeology of an unease', Tejumola Olaniyan examines how 'No longer at ease' intervenes in some of the defining conundrums of the postcolonial African condition: the vexed origins of a new kind of elite and its 'strange' tongue. Adeleke Adeeko compares 'Things fall apart' and 'Arrow of God' with Flora Nwapa's 'Efuru' (1966) and Wole Soyinka's 'Death and the king's horseman' (1975). Nicholas Brown analyses the politics of form in 'Arrow of God'. Finally, Susan Z. Andrade discusses the influence of 'Things fall apart' on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novels. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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