Monthly Archives: January 2016

Things Fall Apart in Graceland

“Things Fall Apart” in Graceland. In fact, they truly disintegrate after a long tug of war: male ritual vs. female ritual, Afikpo vs. Lagos, Sunday vs. Oye and Beatrice, old vs new generation. The world of Elvis is torn between … Continue reading

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Authentic Voices

Lindsey Green-Simms touches on an issue that I have noticed appearing in many of the readings we have read so far – discussions of authentic voice, and what makes a voice so. She refers to Adichie’s Jumping Monkey Hill and … Continue reading

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Inherited History in Americanah

After reading David Scott’s “The Temporality of Generations: Dialogue, Tradition, Criticism,” I have begun to think about Adichie’s Americanah in relationship to colonial history—the past experience of the characters’ elder generations. Scott’s essay is invested in thinking about the politics … Continue reading

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Graceland and the External African Novel

One of the most obvious structural features of Chris Abani’s Graceland is the inclusion, at the beginning of each chapter, of two different epigraphs (of sorts). The first seems to take the reader through an explanation of the kola nut … Continue reading

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Graduate Literature Conference

If you’ve read the first novels for this course, you are aptly positioned to make a meaningful contribution to what looks like a REALLY nicely set up, intimate, rigorous, worthwhile conference.  Please consider submitting a proposal! http://uscgradlitsociety.wix.com/carolinagradlit#!events/c1rzs Anyone interested in … Continue reading

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Hair in Americanah

Last year I took a course specifically on Antebellum history and the “Old South.” A  section of this course was based on the styling and empowerment of hair involved with African American slaves and the power with which it held … Continue reading

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This afternoon

As promised, I’ll come visit each group for a bit during class time.  I might start in the English Department lounge (with the GraceLand group, yes?) in order to make sure the space is free and available.  The only top-down … Continue reading

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