Tag Archives: Chinua Achebe

Annotated Bibliography

I’m planning to explore issues of religious confrontation and conversion in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart – focusing on those specific moments where worldviews collide. I’m not as interested (to borrow the phrasing of one critic) in moments of hybridization or … Continue reading

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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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Western Religion in Colonial and Postcolonial Life

I wanted to address a secondary feature of Fanon’s chapter “On Violence” from The Wretched of the Earth, namely the role of religion and religious language in the process of decolonization and the postcolonial life (which will potentially feature in … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Stories and Faith

One of Ato Quayson’s arguments concerns the value of realism in the African novel. He questions whether critics should value realism very highly when African myths and legends compose a significant aspect of “an African world view” (123). This reminded … Continue reading

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The Public & Private in Achebe and Adichie

I was interested in the interplay between public and private lives in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, and how that dynamic is then complicated and further fleshed out in Adichie’s “Headstrong Historian”. I saw Things Fall Apart as being ostensibly concerned … Continue reading

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Frederic Jameson’s famous “Third World Lit” thesis

We may or may not talk about this in class today, but at some point soon I’m likely to make reference to one of the most famous (and, of course, contentious) seminal essays about postcolonial literature and how it works: … Continue reading

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