A Companion to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Hardback)Ernest N. Emenyonu (editor)
Hardback 312 Pages / Published: 21/04/2017
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Easily the leading and most engaging voice of her era and generation, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has bridged gaps and introduced new motifs and narrative styles which have energized contemporary African fiction since her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003). With Half of a Yellow Sun (2007) and The Thing Around Your Neck - Short Stories (2009), she established herself as a preeminent story-teller. Americanah (2013), with ingenious craftsmanship addresses the sensitive themes of passionate love, independence, freedom and moral responsibility with extravagant and versatile narrative innovations. Through her writings, she has made herself relevant to people of all ages - across racial and linguistic boundaries. Her talks, blogs, musings on social media, essays and commentaries, workshop-mentoring for budding young writers, lecture circuit discourses, all enrich her imaginative creativity as they expand and define her mission as a writer. "We Should All be Feminists" she proclaimed in an essay, giving feminism a "tweak and twist" and suggesting new outlooks in literary theory. Her contributions to African, Diasporic and World literatures deserve serious analyses, commentaries and interpretations, and this Companion to her work critically examines her creative outputs from her art and ideology, from feminism to war, to matters of myth and perception, and the challenges of multicultural existence and complex human identities. Ernest N. Emenyonu is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA.
Publisher: James Currey
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 722 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 26 mm
With her rising profile and importance as one of the major world writers, this Companion on Adichie could not have come at a better time. AFRICA BOOK LINK A tremendous energy pervades this collection...a portrait of a writer deeply engaged with ideology, actively exploring, critiquing, questioning and challenging dominant narratives through her work. Discussions of race, gender, immigration, class, war (both the Biafran War and the Nigerian war novel) and history predominate, alongside an excellent chapter by Cristina Cruz-Gutierrez on the politics of hair. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT A much-needed critical reassessment of [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's] literary and intellectual production as a whole...Silvana Carotenuto's reflections on Adichie's responsibility as a writer (169-184), or the analysis of 'hair politics' in Americanah by Cristina Cruz-Gutierrez (245-62) are only some examples of the brilliant critical moves being made in the volume. TRANSNATIONAL LITERATURE It powerfully illustrates the creative complexity and bold humanity of Adichie's fiction... A Companion to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie represents a vital milestone in the literary scholarship of this most widely-cited and intriguing of 21st-century authors. AFRICA IN WORDS
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