Tag Archives: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Just wanted to throw this on here!

Hey everyone.  Just throwing this link on here which is a TED Talk with Adichie talking about representations through stories.  I really enjoyed the speech and thought it was rather interesting.

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Syllabus Project

Religion and culture in the African historical narrative Course Description: In this graduate level course, we will explore the role of religion in the African novel. The ties between religion and culture feature frequently in the literature to emerge out … 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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