Tag Archives: Americanah

Preliminary Paper Ponderances

My own recent scholarship has centered on the difficulties implicit in denoting prescribing stable identities to minority individuals, particularly within the constellation of Asian American studies. My approaches thus far have been a combination of close readings, theoretical interventions, and … 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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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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Adichie interview: why Americanah is her “fuck you novel”

Enjoy! http://brittlepaper.com/2014/03/video-adichie-lupita-obama-fuckyou

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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 … Continue reading

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