Author Archives: joshuadunnengl

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Performing Resistance in Abani’s Graceland

Recent critics have noted an opening up of 3rd Generation Nigerian novels toward an exploration of generative possibilities within urban Nigerian spaces, the megapolis of Lagos specifically. As Chris Dunton has argued, Abani’s Graceland provides particularly sensitive insight into the … Continue reading

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Judith and Community

Ledent’s article provides a convincing interpretation of the way in which Mengestu’s novel problematizes the possibilities for community in diaspora. Ledent demonstrates the multiple (and conflicting) affiliations that Sepha must navigate, arguing that all of these affiliations–with the Ethiopian community, … Continue reading

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Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography   Abani’s Graceland dramatizes the anxiety surrounding the neoliberal megapolis and invisibility. This invisibility is separate from anonymity, as it involves the making invisible of not just individuals but entire demographics and the spaces they inhabit. If the … Continue reading

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The Nuclear Family in Drum and How to Become Rich

In “Drum Magazine (1951-9) & The Spatial Configurations of Gender,” Dorothy Driver argues that Drum magazine, in its reproduction of American gender constructions, sought to establish “a modern form of romantic love within an ideology of domesticity, aiming for the … Continue reading

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Language and Mastery in Disgrace

In his blog post, Jonathan Hall brought up the presentation of language in Disgrace, and indeed I do think there is a sense of the failure of English as a mediating language in the novel. Lurie puts it plainly, stating … Continue reading

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Syllabus Project

The City in African Literature Theme: This graduate course is designed to invite students to reconsider the role of urban spaces within African literature. Together, we will consider the ways in which socio-political and geographic realities are represented and configured within the … Continue reading

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