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History and memory in the fiction of Chinua Achebe, John Edgar Wideman, and Zakes Mda


2009 2009

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This dissertation explores the nature and context of the dialogue between African and African American writers, buttressed by the extensive use of history and memory by Chinua Achebe, John Edgar Wideman, and Zakes Mda, the three writers at the center of this study. Through the reading of three primary texts – Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Wideman’s The Cattle Killing, and Mda’s The Heart of Redness – the dissertation examines not only the writers’ engagement with memory and history but also their deployment of “African” metaphysics, modes of apprehension and narrative traditions. The study foregrounds how a growing number of contemporary African and African American writers share an interest in probing connections, common fissures and tensions in their historical experiences. It explores the writers’ investment in history, concern with memory acts, the deployment of the logistics of ogbanje and its allied concepts within their communicative economies, and their involvement in a tripartite trans-Atlantic response to hegemonic discourse.

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Subject
Modern literature;
African literature;
American literature
Classification
0298: Modern literature
0316: African literature
0591: American literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics, Achebe, Chinua, African, History, Mda, Zakes, Memory, Nigeria, South Africa, Wideman, John Edgar
Title
History and memory in the fiction of Chinua Achebe, John Edgar Wideman, and Zakes Mda
Author
Ndibe, Okey
Number of pages
323
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 70/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109500721
Advisor
Clingman, Stephen R.
Committee member
Daly, Suzanne M.; Skerrett, Joseph T.; Strickland, William L.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
English
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3379998
ProQuest document ID
304923699
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304923699
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