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Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

NALINI IYER

Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


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Born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1977, and raised on the campus of the University of Nsukka by parents who were academics, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, a play, a collection of poems, and numerous uncollected short stories, essays, and poems. Her work has appeared in prestigious publications, including The New Yorker, Zoetrope, Ms ., and Calyx . Adichie moved to the United States for her education at the age of 19. She is recognized as a major twenty-first-century African voice and some critics see her as the literary descendant of Chinua Achebe. Like Achebe, Adichie writes from a distinctly Igbo perspective and is an astute critic of postcolonial politics in Nigeria. Her writings explore the struggles of common people (particularly Igbo) under military regimes in Nigeria, the role of religion and education in forming the postcolonial middle classes, and the impact of the Biafran war on Nigeria. Her fiction focuses on Igbo women and their experiences with colonialism, civil war, patriarchy, and religion. In her woman-centered fiction, she is distinctly in the tradition of other Igbo women writers such as Flora Nwapa and Buchi Emecheta. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), is a female bildungsroman in which her protagonist Kambili Achike writes of her complex relationship with her father, Eugene Achike, set against the backdrop ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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