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British and African Literature in Transnational
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Simon Lewis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036021

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036021.001.0001

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From Igboland to the East End

From Igboland to the East End

Recasting African Identity from Olaudah Equiano to Buchi Emecheta

(p.24) (p.25) 1 From Igboland to the East End
British and African Literature in Transnational Context

Simon Lewis

University Press of Florida

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

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