Journal Article

The Role of Missions in <i>Things Fall Apart</i> and <i>Nervous Conditions</i>

Alison Searle

in Literature and Theology

Volume 21, issue 1, pages 49-65
Published in print March 2007 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online February 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frl061
The Role of Missions in Things Fall Apart and Nervous Conditions

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Both Chinua Achebe and Tsitsi Dangarembga explore the role of Christian mission in their narratives Things Fall Apart and Nervous Conditions. The imperative of Christian mission raises the question of how universal truth claims are applied to the particulars of a given culture and locality. While Achebe examines the cataclysmic effect of early missions upon the entire Igbo culture and manner of life, Dangarembga enters the historical discourses concerning Africa at a later moment, and considers the role of an institutionalised missionary organisation in Zimbabwe at more familial and personal levels.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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