Some more Achebe reading

If you’re interested in gender and Things Fall Apart, take a look at Susan Andrade’s The Nation Writ Small: African Fictions and Feminisms, 1958-1988 (Duke 2011).  (I’ve got this out from the library so let me know if you want it.) Andrade discusses the relationship between TFA and Flora Nwapa’s Efuru (1966), the first Nigerian women’s novel which Deva referred to in class.

For an intriguing reading of the folktales embedded in Achebe’s narrative as political critique, see Barbara Harlow, “‘The Tortoise and the Birds’: Strategies of Resistance in Things Fall Apart” in Bernth Lindfors, ed., Approaches to Teaching Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (MLA 1991).

Great accounts of the influence of the novel on other African and Black intellectuals in the mid and late 20th century include essays by Abiola Irele and Simon Gikandi in Research in African Literatures 32.3 (Fall 2001).

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