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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:'Thighs fell apart': online fan fiction, and African writing in a digital age
Author:Yk, James
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies (ISSN 1369-6815)
Geographic term:Nigeria
social media
About person:Albert Chinualumogu Achebe (1930-2013)ISNI
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/13696815.2016.1201652
Abstract:This essay foregrounds Web's 2.0 recuperation of agency for the modern fan-reader of Chinua Achebe's 'Things fall apart' through a critical dilation of Kiru Taye's 'Thighs fell apart', an online short story that details a fan-reader's 'renarration' of Okonkwo's possibly voluptuous life. Taye's fanfic on Achebe's work is available on the blog page, Brittle Paper, an online platform whose portrayal of Achebe's classic hero demonstrates how the structure and design of digital media democratizes authorial space and enables user-generated reproduction of traditional modes of cultural representations. The author argues that 'Thighs fell apart' could be seen as a paradigm of fan writing that asserts itself as a rich and original literary landscape that can initiate more scholarly interrogations of the online behaviour of Nigerian digital natives. He shows that online fan fiction is a digital practice that has the potential to extend critical debates around the contents of the canonical texts of African literature that they rework. He concludes that the poaching of textual meaning from a source material is an appropriation that underscores the original text, extending its critical articulations. This argument is in addition to the ways online fanfic experimentations affirm a digital contributory public of contemporary African writing, organized around new practices on form and content. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]