Suggested secondary readings for GraceLand and Americanah

These are, hands down, the best three scholarly interrogations of GraceLand I’ve come across.

  • Dawson, Ashley. “Surplus City: Structural Adjustment, Self-Fashioning, and Urban Insurrection in Chris Abani’s Graceland.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 11.1 (2009): 16–34.
  • Omelsky, Matthew. “Chris Abani and the Politics of Ambivalence.” Research in African Literatures 42.4 (2011): 84–9
  • Phillips, Delores B. “‘What Do I Have to Do with All This?’: Eating, Excreting, and Belonging in Chris Abani’s GraceLand.” Postcolonial Studies 15.1 (2012): 105–125.

Americanah is so new that there’s been very little published on it to date.  Yogita Goyal’s introduction to her special issue of Research in African Literatures on Africa and the Black Atlantic, however, is useful, and here are a couple of other suggestions for reading to compliment your reading.

  • Goyal, Yogita. “Africa and the Black Atlantic [Special Issue].” Research in African Literatures 45, no. 3 (Fall 2014): v-xxv.
  • Eze, Chielozona. “Rethinking African Culture and Identity: The Afropolitan Model.” Journal of African Cultural Studies 26, no. 2 (June 2014): 234–47.
  • Jackson-Opoku, Sandra. “Out Beyond Our Borders: Literary Travelers of the TransDiaspora.” The New African Diaspora. Ed. Nkiru Nzegwu and Isidore Okpewho. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2009. 476-82.
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