Tag Archives: Theory and criticism

Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography: Religion and culture in the African literary narrative Many African novels that have emerged from the colonial and post-colonial canon have featured religion as both part of the plot, and as a device for theoretical critique. The work … Continue reading

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Resistance and Narrative Rupture in Nervous Conditions

This week in another class of mine, Bajo’s Theory of Prose, we read an article by Rachel Blau DuPlessis called “Breaking the Sentence; Breaking the Sequence”, which (I believe) comes from her book Writing Beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of … 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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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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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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Criticism and Theory anthology

I’m hesitant to require the purchase of this book for our course, as it’s quite expensive; I will do so if I decide we’ll be making heavy use of it throughout the semester, but I will likely put a copy … Continue reading

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