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A short history of Chinua Achebe's Things fall apart

Title
A short history of Chinua Achebe's Things fall apart / Terri Ochiagha.
Author
Ochiagha, Terri,
Publication
Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2018]

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Description
146 pages : illustrations; 18 cm.
Series Statement
Ohio short histories of Africa
Uniform Title
Ohio short histories of Africa.
Subjects
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-141) and index.
Contents
Turning and turning in the widening gyre -- The world of stories -- Encounters with the colonial library -- The lost manuscript and other harrowing adventures -- The blood-dimmed tide is loosed -- First impressions -- Things fall apart and its critics -- Of canons, sons, and daughters -- Spiritus mundi -- Artistic interactions -- Adaptations, appropriations, and mimesis -- Things fall apart's worldwide readers -- Conclusion: Whither things fall apart?
Call Number
Sc C 19-20
ISBN
  • 9780821423486
  • 0821423487
  • 9780821446546
  • 0821446541
LCCN
2018043018
Author
Ochiagha, Terri, author.
Title
A short history of Chinua Achebe's Things fall apart / Terri Ochiagha.
Publisher
Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2018]
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Series
Ohio short histories of Africa
Ohio short histories of Africa.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-141) and index.
Summary
The publication of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart (1958) is heralded as the inaugural moment of modern African fiction, and the book remains the most widely read African novel of all time. Translated into dozens of languages, it has sold more than twelve million copies, and has become a canonical reading in schools the world over. While Things Fall Apart is neither the first African novel to be published in the West nor necessarily the most critically valued, its iconic status has surpassed even that of its author.Until now-in the sixtieth anniversary year of its publication-there has not been an updated history that moves beyond the book's commonly discussed contexts and themes. In the accessible and concise A Short History of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Terri Ochiagha provides that history, asking new questions and bringing to wider attention unfamiliar but crucial elements of the Things Fall Apart story. These include new insights into questions of canonicity and into literary, historiographical, and precolonial aesthetic influences. She also assesses adaptations and appropriations not just in films but in theater, hip-hop, and popular literary genres such as Onitsha Market Literature.
Local Subject
Black author.
Research Call Number
Sc C 19-20
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