Anthills of the Savannah

Anthills of the Savannah


Author : Chinua Achebe
Publisher : Penguin Books
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ISBN : 9780385260459
Pages : 228 pages
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A searing satire of political corruption and social injustice from the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart "Achebe has written a story that sidesteps both ideologies of the African experience and political agendas, in order to lead us to a deeply human universal wisdom." —Washington Post Book World In the fictional West African nation of Kangan, newly independent of British rule, the hopes and dreams of democracy have been quashed by a fierce military dictatorship. Chris Oriko is a member of the president's cabinet for life, and one of the leader's oldest friends. When the president is charged with censoring the opportunistic editor of the state-run newspaper--another childhood friend--Chris's loyalty and ideology are put to the test. The fate of Kangan hangs in the balance as tensions rise and a devious plot is set in motion to silence a firebrand critic. From Chinua Achebe, the legendary author of Things Fall Apart, Anthills of the Savannah is "A vision of social change that strikes us with the force of prophecy." (USA Today)


Anthills of the Savannah

Anthills of the Savannah


Author : Chinua Achebe
Publisher : Heinemann
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ISBN : 9780435905385
Pages : 246 pages
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Chris, Ikem and Beatrice are three like-minded friends working under the military regime of His Excellency, the Sandhurst-educated President of Kangan. In the pressurized atmosphere of oppression and intimidation they are simply trying to live and love - and remain friends. But in a world where each day brings a new betrayal, hope is hard to cling on to.


Critical Approaches to Anthills of the Savannah

Critical Approaches to Anthills of the Savannah


Author : Holger G. Ehling
Publisher : Rodopi
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ISBN : 9789051833188
Pages : 180 pages
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Beginning Postcolonialism

Beginning Postcolonialism


Author : John McLeod
Publisher : Manchester University Press
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ISBN : 9780719052095
Pages : 292 pages
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Postcolonialism has become one of the most exciting, expanding and challenging areas of literary and cultural studies today. Designed especially for those studying the topic for the first time, Beginning Postcolonialism introduces the major areas of concern in a clear, accessible, and organized fashion. It provides an overview of the emergence of postcolonialism as a discipline and closely examines many of its important critical writings.


A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of the Novel “Anthills of the Savannah” by Chinua Achebe

A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of the Novel “Anthills of the Savannah” by Chinua Achebe


Author : Abdullahi Haruna
Publisher : GRIN Verlag
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ISBN : 3668955816
Pages : 18 pages
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Akademische Arbeit aus dem Jahr 1999 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: This essay examines the application of psychoanalytic critical approach to the interpretation of Achebe's "Anthills of the Savannah". It begins with the explanation of the concept of psychoanalysis highlighting its relevance to literary interpretation and proceeds with an extensive evaluation of the novel using the theory. Findings of the study are provided toward the end of the essay. Chinua Achebe's "Anthills of the Savannah" (1987), has attracted the attention of scholars and critics. Several critical theories have been applied to the novel to interpret its meaning. The list of scholars who have used several literary theories to examine the novel could be long. However, this paper adopts the psychoanalytic approach on assumption that if this critical method of interpretation is applied to "Anthills of the Savannah", it may unearth the literary treasures that lie hidden in the work. Psychoanalytic critical method if properly put to use would provide us with not only the major preoccupation of the story but also the motivating factor for writing the book. "Anthills of the Savannah", psychoanalytic theory reveals, takes its inspiration from historical events in Nigeria from 1966 to possibly 1975. But the issues raised in the novel transcend its space and time. The problems criticized in the novel are universal problems which may differ from one country to another in terms of their complexities. The problem of leadership is the central theme of the novel.


Literature and Spirituality

Literature and Spirituality


Author : David Bevan
Publisher : Rodopi
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ISBN : 9789051834215
Pages : 148 pages
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Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe

Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe


Author : Ernest Emenyo̲nu
Publisher : Africa World Press
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ISBN : 9780865438767
Pages : 504 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (438 users)

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This compendium of 37 essays provides global perspectives of Achebe as an artist with a proper sense of history and an imaginative writer with an inviolable sense of cultural mission and political commitment.


African Literatures in the Eighties

African Literatures in the Eighties


Author : Dieter Riemenschneider
Publisher : Rodopi
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ISBN : 9789051835182
Pages : 316 pages
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Achebe, Head, Marechera

Achebe, Head, Marechera


Author : Annie Gagiano
Publisher : Lynne Rienner Publishers
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ISBN : 9780894108877
Pages : 318 pages
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Concentrating on issues of power and change, this analysis of texts by Chinua Achbe, Bessie Head and Dambudzi Marechera teases out each author's view of how colonialism affected Africa, the contributions of Africans to their malaise, and how many reacted in creative, progressive, pragmatic ways.


African Literature as Political Philosophy

African Literature as Political Philosophy


Author : Mary Stella Chika Okolo
Publisher : Zed Books Ltd.
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ISBN : 1848136048
Pages : 159 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (848 users)

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The politics of development in Africa have always been central concerns of the continent's literature. Yet ideas about the best way to achieve this development, and even what development itself should look like, have been hotly contested. African Literature as Political Philosophy looks in particular at Achebe's Anthills of the Savannah and Petals of Blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, but situates these within the broader context of developments in African literature over the past half-century, discussing writers from Ayi Kwei Armah to Wole Soyinka. M.S.C. Okolo provides a thorough analysis of the authors' differing approaches and how these emerge from the literature. She shows the roots of Achebe's reformism and Ngugi's insistence on revolution and how these positions take shape in their work. Okolo argues that these authors have been profoundly affected by the political situation of Africa, but have also helped to create a new African political philosophy.


A Study Guide for Chinua Achebe's

A Study Guide for Chinua Achebe's "Anthills of the Savannah"


Author : Cengage Learning Gale
Publisher :
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ISBN : 9781375376310
Pages : 44 pages
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A Study Guide for Chinua Achebe's "Anthills of the Savannah," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Literature of Developing Nations for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Literature of Developing Nations For Students for all of your research needs.


Postcolonial African Writers

Postcolonial African Writers


Author : Siga Fatima Jagne
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1136593977
Pages : 525 pages
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This reference book surveys the richness of postcolonial African literature. The volume begins with an introductory essay on postcolonial criticism and African writing, then presents alphabetically arranged profiles of some 60 writers, including Chinua Achebe, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Doris Lessing, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Tahbar Ben Jelloun, among others. Each entry includes a brief biography, a discussion of major works and themes that appear in the author's writings, an overview of the critical response to the author's work, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. These profiles are written by expert contributors and reflect many different perspectives. The volume concludes with a selected general bibliography of the most important critical works on postcolonial African literature.


Satire and the Postcolonial Novel

Satire and the Postcolonial Novel


Author : John Clement Ball
Publisher : Psychology Press
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ISBN : 9780415965934
Pages : 234 pages
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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Stories of women

Stories of women


Author : Elleke Boehmer
Publisher : Manchester University Press
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ISBN : 1847796060
Pages : 256 pages
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This electronic version has been made available under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) open access license. Elleke Boehmer's work on the crucial intersections between independence, nationalism and gender has already proved canonical in the field. 'Stories of women' combines her keynote essays on the mother figure and the postcolonial nation, with incisive new work on male autobiography, 'daughter' writers, the colonial body, the trauma of the post-colony, and the nation in a transnational context. Focusing on Africa as well as South Asia, and sexuality as well as gender, Boehmer offers fine close readings of writers ranging from Achebe, Okri and Mandela to Arundhati Roy and Yvonne Vera, shaping these into a critical engagement with theorists of the nation like Fredric Jameson and Partha Chatterjee. This edition will be of interest to readers and researchers of postcolonial, international and women's writing; of nation theory, colonial history and historiography; of Indian, African, migrant and diasporic literatures, and is likely to prove a landmark study in the field.


Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe


Author : Catherine Lynette Innes
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN : 9780521428972
Pages : 224 pages
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"Things fall Apart", is compared with Joyce Cary's "Mister Johnson". Achebe's novel is seen as a more realistic portrayal of the society and culture of indigenous people of Nigeria.


Borderlands

Borderlands


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Publisher : BRILL
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ISBN : 9004489207
Pages : 307 pages
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Boundaries, borderlines, limits on the one hand and rites of passage, contact zones, in-between spaces on the other have attracted renewed interest in a broad variety of cultural discourses after a long period of decenterings and delimitations in numerous fields of social, psychological, and intellectual life. Anthropological dimensions of the subject and its multifarious ways of world-making represent the central challenge among the concerns of the humanities. The role of literature and the arts in the formation of cultural and personal identities, theoretical and political approaches to the relation between self and other, the familiar and the foreign, have become key issues in literary and cultural studies; forms of expressivity and expression and question of mediation as well as new enquiries into ethics have characterized the intellectual energies of the past decade. The aim of Borderlands is to represent a variety of approaches to questions of border crossing and boundary transgression; approaches from different angles and different disciplines, but all converging in their own way on the post-colonial paradigm. Topics discussed include globalization, cartography and ontology, transitional identity, ecocritical sensibility, questions of the application of post-coloniality, gender and sexuality, and attitudes towards space and place. As well as studies of the cinema of the settler colonies, the films of Neil Jordan, and 'Othering' in Canadian sports journalism, there are treatments of the Nigerian novel, South African prison memoirs, and African women's writing. Authors examined include Elizabeth Bowen, Bruce Chatwin, Mohamed Choukri, Nuruddin Farah, Jamaica Kincaid, Pauline Melville, Bharati Mukherjee, Michael Ondaatje, and Leslie Marmon Silko.


The Chinua Achebe Encyclopedia

The Chinua Achebe Encyclopedia


Author : M. Keith Booker
Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
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ISBN : 9780325070636
Pages : 318 pages
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Several hundred A-Z entries cover Achebe's major works, important characters and settings, key concepts and issues, and more. Though best known as a novelist, Achebe is also a critic, activist, and spokesman for African culture. This reference is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to his life and writings. Included are several hundred alphabetically arranged entries. Some of these are substantive summary discussions of Achebe's major works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Entries are written by expert contributors and close with brief bibliographies. The volume also provides a general bibliography and chronology. Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe is widely regarded as the most important of the numerous African novelists who gained global attention in the second half of the 20th century. Achebe is certainly the African writer best known in the West, and his first novel, Things Fall Apart, is a founding text of postcolonial African literature and regarded as one of the central works of world literature of the last 50 years. Though best known as a novelist, Achebe is also a critic, activist, and spokesman for African culture. This reference is a comprehensive and authoritative guide to his life and writings. Included are several hundred alphabetically arranged entries. Some of these are substantive summary discussions of Achebe's major works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Other topics include all of his major fictional characters and settings, important concepts and issues central to his writings, historical persons, places, and events relevant to his works, and influential texts by other writers. Entries are written by expert contributors and close with brief bibliographies. The volume also provides a general bibliography and chronology.