, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 127–137 | Cite as

Transcending history: Achebe's trilogy

  • Olatubosun Ogunsanwo


Narrative Approach Missing Truth Fictional World Narrative Event African Colonial 
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  1. 1.
    Bernth Lindfors, “Achebe on Commitment and African Writers”, inAfrica Report, 15, 3 (1970), p. 18.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    “The Novelist as Teacher”,New Statesman, 29 January 1965, pp. 161–162; reprinted inCommonwealth Literature: Unity and Diversity in a Common Culture, ed. John Press (London: Heinemann, 1965), pp. 204–205; and in Achebe'sMorning Yet on Creation Day: Essay (London: Heinemann, 1975), pp. 44–45. See alsoAfrican Writers Talking, eds Dennis Duerden and Cosmo Pieterse (London: Heinemann, 1972), esp. the interview with Donatus Nwoga during the conference of Commonwealth Literature at Leeds University in September 1964, pp. 6–9. The interview contains essentially the same basic point as the article “The Novelist as Teacher”; only with such minor phrasal alterations as a “Crisis in the soul” in place of “the wound in our soul.”Google Scholar
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    M. M. Mahood, “Idols of the Den: Achebe'sArrow of God” inCritical Perspectives on Chinua Achebe, eds C. L. Innes and Bernth Lindfors (London: Heinemann, 1979), p. 181.Google Scholar
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    Kolawole Ogungbesan, “Politics and the African Writer” in C. L. Innes and Bernth Lindfors, ed. cit., pp. 37–46.Google Scholar
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    See Gerald Moore,Twelve African Writers, (London: Hutchinson & Co., 1980), pp. 124 and 127.Google Scholar
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    Dennis Duerden and Cosmo Pieterse,ed. cit., p. 8.Google Scholar
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    All page references are indicated in the brackets and are from theHeinemann Edition (AWS) ofThings Fall Apart, reissued 1965,Arrow of God, reissued 1975 andNo Longer at Ease, reissued 1983.Google Scholar
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    See Abiola Irele, “The Tragic Conflict in the Novels of Chinua Achebe” in C. L. Innes and Bernth Lindfors,loc. cit., esp. pp. 16–17. This essay, however, makes a remarkable deal of the most perceptive comments on Achebe's narrative art.Google Scholar

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