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Narrating the New African Diaspora

21st Century Nigerian Literature in Context

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  • © 2019


  • Constitutes a survey of contemporary Nigerian literature in context
  • Offers readings of texts by key writers such as Adichie, Habila and Abani
  • Analyses depictions of migratory experiences

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

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Table of contents (11 chapters)


About this book

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.

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Graz, Graz, Austria

    Maximilian Feldner

About the author

Maximilian Feldner is Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Graz, Austria.

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