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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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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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Annotated Bibliography

What I hope to accomplish with this paper is to move secondary education teachers away from predominantly ethnocentric texts such as Things Fall Apart or Palm-Wine Drinkard to something that shows culture without these tinted lenses.  The text I am … 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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