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Things Fall Apart in Graceland

“Things Fall Apart” in Graceland. In fact, they truly disintegrate after a long tug of war: male ritual vs. female ritual, Afikpo vs. Lagos, Sunday vs. Oye and Beatrice, old vs new generation. The world of Elvis is torn between … Continue reading

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Graceland and the External African Novel

One of the most obvious structural features of Chris Abani’s Graceland is the inclusion, at the beginning of each chapter, of two different epigraphs (of sorts). The first seems to take the reader through an explanation of the kola nut … Continue reading

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Children in GraceLand

Maybe the most ironic line in the book is “Good children do not concern themselves with adult problems.” The line is ironic because of the commentary that Abani is making with regard to child soldiers, to sex work, to the … Continue reading

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Family and the contradictions of Sunday in GraceLand

While reading GraceLand I was confused by Chris Abani’s characterizations of Elvis’s father Sunday and what Abani was trying to suggest about familial heritage through this character. In this post I would like to pose a couple of questions about … Continue reading

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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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