Conclusion: The Ends of Narration

  • Thomas Jay Lynn
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


How Chinua Achebe arrived at his particular narrative methods that draw on oral tradition in prose fiction partly involves the mystery of artistic inspiration. What is clear, though, is that he recognized that a powerful resource was available to him in the implementation of a new kind of novel about West Africa. By melding African oral tradition with the novelistic form that he learned mainly through Western authors, Achebe tapped into a powerful residual storytelling bond.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Jay Lynn
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  1. 1.Penn State BerksReadingUSA

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