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Narrating the New African Diaspora

21st Century Nigerian Literature in Context

  • Maximilian Feldner

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

About this book

Introduction

This book provides the first comprehensive survey and collection of Nigerian diaspora literature, offering readings of novelists such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sefi Atta, Helon Habila, Helen Oyeyemi, Taiye Selasi, Chika Unigwe, Chris Abani, and Ike Oguine. As members of the new African diaspora, their literature captures experiences of recent Nigerian migration to the United States and the United Kingdom. Examining representative novels, such as Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, Habila’s Waiting for an Angel, Abani’s GraceLand, and Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl, the book discusses these novels’ literary and narrative methods and provides detailed analyses of two of the most common themes: depictions of migratory experiences and representations of Nigeria. Placing the novels in their relevant historical, sociological, philosophical, and theoretical contexts, Narrating the New African Diaspora presents an insightful study of current anglophone Nigerian narrative literature.

Keywords

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Sefi Atta Helon Habila Helen Oyeyemi Taiye Selasi Chika Unigwe Chris Abani Ika Oguine Migration Homeland Diaspora Postcolonial

Authors and affiliations

  • Maximilian Feldner
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GrazGrazAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-05743-5
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05742-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05743-5
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