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African Histories and Modernities

Chinua Achebe and the Politics of Narration

Envisioning Language

Authors: Lynn, Thomas Jay

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  • Analyses all five of Achebe's novels
  • Examines Achebe not only from a literary perspective, but also in linguistic and political terms
  • Draws on the commentaries of scholars and writers such as Bhabha, Fanon, Coetzee and Rushdie
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About this book

This book examines vital intersections of narration, linguistic innovation, and political insight that distinguish Chinua Achebe’s fiction as well as his non-fiction commentaries. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of these intersections: Achebe’s narrative response to Western authors who have written on Africa, his integration of Igbo folklore, the political implications of writing African literature in English, his use of Nigerian Pidgin, and the Nigerian Civil War. It also addresses the teaching of Achebe’s works. Achebe drew on diverse resources to offer searching psychological and political insights that contribute not only a decidedly African political viewpoint to the modern novel, but also a more inclusive narrative consciousness. Achebe’s adaptations of Igbo oral art are intrinsic to his writing’s political engagement because they assert the integrity and authority of the African voice in a global order defined by colonialism. This book reveals how his work has helped to restructure a global vision of Africa.

About the authors

Thomas Jay Lynn is Associate Professor of English at Penn State Berks, USA. His scholarly and teaching interests include literature of Africa and the Diaspora, postcolonial literature, ancient literature, and folklore. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is the Coordinator of the Associate Degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

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“This first major study since Achebe’s death in 2013 re-envisions his six-decade career through the twin lenses of language and narration. Thomas Jay Lynn’s illuminating long perspective, which integrates discussion of Achebe’s fiction and nonfiction, offers new insights into Africa’s most iconic writer and the postcolonial politics of narration. Other distinguishing features include welcome chapters on the much-anthologized short story ‘Civil Peace’ and on cross-cultural strategies for teaching Achebe’s fiction. Comprehensive, lucid, and accessible, Chinua Achebe and the Politics of Narration: Envisioning Language will prove indispensable to scholars, teachers, and students alike.” (Dr Peter Blair, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Chester, UK)

“This welcome study reminds readers that Africa’s most famous novelist has been central to the continent’s literary preoccupations: corrupt politicians and resistant tricksters, colonizing language and oral creativity, subterranean incivility and carnivalesque release.  Throughout, Lynn shows the dangers of too easily overlooking the tense Janus-like gaze of this deceptively pellucid author, who always sees the complexity at the heart of everything.” (Professor John C. Hawley, Santa Clara University, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lynn, Thomas Jay

    Pages 1-22

  • An Adequate Revolution: Achebe Writes Africa Anew

    Lynn, Thomas Jay

    Pages 23-40

  • Of Flight, Fraud, and Freedom: Achebe’s Political Tricksters

    Lynn, Thomas Jay

    Pages 41-76

  • Language and Ambivalence in Achebe’s Writing

    Lynn, Thomas Jay

    Pages 77-95

  • Language and the Power of Subordination: Achebe’s Integration of Nigerian Pidgin

    Lynn, Thomas Jay

    Pages 97-110

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51331-7
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51330-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-84622-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chinua Achebe and the Politics of Narration
Book Subtitle
Envisioning Language
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51331-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51331-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51330-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84622-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 176
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