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From Igboland to the East End

Simon Lewis

in British and African Literature in Transnational Context

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036021
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038636 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036021.003.0002
From Igboland to the East End

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This chapter examines readings of Chinua Achebe with Conrad, Cary, and Emecheta, showing the complexity of Achebe's own historical, cultural, political, and literary interventions, and indicating the continuity of West African-British writing from the abolitionist generation of Equiano and Gronniosaw to the postindependence generation of Achebe and Emecheta. This chapter is an attempt that opens Achebe himself to ideological critiques that examine the overt anticolonialism and nationalism of his work from perspectives of which he himself may not have been conscious.

Keywords: Igboland; African identity; Olaudah Equiano; Buchi Emecheta; Anglo-African literature; Chinua Achebe; eighteenth century; anticolonialism; nationalism

Chapter.  10043 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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