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Chinua Achebe [electronic resource] /
C.L. Innes.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c1990.
description
xvii, 199 p. : port. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0521356237
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c1990.
isbn
0521356237
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
8358572
 
Bibliography: p. 186-196.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-10:
Innes's study of Achebe, the first volume in the series "Cambridge Studies in African and Caribbean Literature," is useful not only for its comprehensiveness but also because it builds upon the well-laid foundation of earlier general introductions, and historical, linguistic, and anthropological studies of the Nigerian writer's novels. One of the most useful features of this work is its systematic, detailed use of Joyce Cary's African novels as contrasts with Achebe's. The book's major contribution is Innes's focus upon formal elements in the works. Achebe's concern with communalism rather than individualism and his transformation of traditional Igbo orature are presented as the two most important keys to appreciating his artisry, since "language is central to both." Innes devotes a chapter to each of Achebe's creative, critical, and political publications, tracing the development of recurring ideas and devices from his first work to his last. Because of Achebe's use of mulitple voices to illuminate contemporary Nigerian history, Innes considers his 1987 Anthills of the Savannah (CH, Jun'88) "as both a summation of the themes and techniques explored in the previous novels and a new departure." Appropriate for graduate, undergraduate, and community college libraries. -A. A. Elder, University of Cincinnati
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"Innes's study of Achebe...is useful not only for its comprehensiveness but also because it builds upon the well-laid foundation of earlier general introductions, and historical, linguistic, and anthropological studies of the Nigerian writer's novels."Choice
"Innes's Chinua Achebe (which contains an excellent bibliography) is a highly perceptive and original study of the distinguished African novelist. It is an auspicious start to the new series on African and Caribbean Literature sponsored by Cambridge University Press." Govind Narain Sharma, Ariel
"Innes's Chinua Achebe (which contains an excellent bibliography) is a highly perceptive and original study of the distinguished African novelist. It is an auspicious start to the new series on African and Caribbean Literature sponsored by Cambridge University Press."Govind Narain Sharma, Ariel
"Innes's study of Achebe...is useful not only for its comprehensiveness but also because it builds upon the well-laid foundation of earlier general introductions, and historical, linguistic, and anthropological studies of the Nigerian writer's novels." Choice
"It is Innes's unique achievement to present [Chinua Achebe] in a book which supersedes earlier studies by considering the ideologies and theoretical considerations which inform his intricate and complex narratives and by accounting for (not merely asserting the reasons for) his primary position in the African literary tradition. The writer, this book, and its author are exemplary choices to inaugurate this new series of African and Caribbean literary studies."Research in African Literatures
"It is Innes's unique achievement to present [Chinua Achebe] in a book which supersedes earlier studies by considering the ideologies and theoretical considerations which inform his intricate and complex narratives and by accounting for (not merely asserting the reasons for) his primary position in the African literary tradition. The writer, this book, and its author are exemplary choices to inaugurate this new series of African and Caribbean literary studies." Research in African Literatures
"C.L. Innes's book is a capable, appreciative analysis of Chinua Achebe's novels and a summary of his short stories, poetry, essays, lectures, and children's stories."World Literature Today
"C.L. Innes's book is a capable, appreciative analysis of Chinua Achebe's novels and a summary of his short stories, poetry, essays, lectures, and children's stories." World Literature Today
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Description for Bookstore
This book provides a detailed examination of the writings of Chinua Achebe, Africa's best-known and most widely-read author, shortlisted for the 1987 Booker Prize.
Main Description
This book provides a detailed examination of the writings of Chinua Achebe, Africa’s best-known and most widely-read author, shortlisted for the 1987 Booker Prize. Dr Innes studies his writings, lectures and activities chronologically, in the context of Nigerian culture and politics and their interaction with Western cultures and powers. Her analysis goes beyond that of previously published studies, to examine Achebe’s short stories, essays and poetry, and his most recent publications, Anthills of the Savannah (1987) and Hopes and Impediments (1988). Particular emphasis is placed on Achebe’s departure from European literary models to create a new kind of fiction which seeks to challenge the preconceptions of African and Western audiences alike, and which is of considerable literary and political significance. This study will be invaluable to readers of Achebe and to students and teachers of African literature and politics, and modern fiction.
Main Description
This book provides a detailed examination of the writings of Chinua Achebe, Africa's best-known and most widely-read author, shortlisted for the 1987 Booker Prize. Dr Innes studies his writings, lectures and activities chronologically, in the context of Nigerian culture and politics and their interaction with Western cultures and powers. Her analysis goes beyond that of previously published studies, to examine Achebe's short stories, essays and poetry, and his most recent publications, Anthills of the Savannah (1987) and Hopes and Impediments (1988). Particular emphasis is placed on Achebe's departure from European literary models to create a new kind of fiction which seeks to challenge the preconceptions of African and Western audiences alike, and which is of considerable literary and political significance. This study will be invaluable to readers of Achebe and to students and teachers of African literature and politics, and modern fiction.
Description for Library
This first book in the series Cambridge Studies in African and Caribbean Literature provides a detailed and up-to-date examination of the writings of Chinua Achebe, Africa's best-known and most widelyread author, shortlisted for the 1987 Booker Prize. Dr Innes studies his writings, lectures and activities chronologically, in the context of Nigerian culture and politics and their interaction with Western cultures and powers. Her analysis goes beyond that of previously published studies, to examine Achebe's short stories, essays and poetry, and his most recent publications, Anthills of the Savannah (1987) and Hopes and Impediments (1988).
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Chronology
Introduction
Origins
'A less superficial picture': things fall apart
'The best lack all conviction': no longer at ease
Religion and power in Africa: arrow of god
Courting the voters: a man of the people
The novelist as critic: politics and criticism, 1960-1988
Marginal lives: Girls at war and other stories
Poetry and war: beware soul brother and other poems
The critic as novelist: anthills of the Savannah
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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