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Linguistic minorities, migration and the nation state


Henri, J and Bilbatua, L and Rando, G and Simoes da Silva, AJ, Linguistic minorities, migration and the nation state, La Questione Meridionale (Online), (2) pp. 11-26. ISSN 2037-6049 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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This essay examines two recent novels by the Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,Purple Hibiscus ([2003] 2005) and Half a YellowSun (2006), placing them first in a dialogue with each other, and more broadly with selected Nigerian writing on the Biafra conflict. Arguing with Adesanmi that Adichie belongs to a ‘third generation’ of African literary work, it traces the novels’ work of historical revisionism through gendered and embodied discourses of pain and violence. Adichie returns the reader to an aesthetics of excess firmly grounded on potently disturbing images of the ‘body in pain’, in Elaine Scarry’s memorable phrase (1983): the battered, bruised and scarred body emerges as a key image, a corporeal evocation of the individual self that is traced in both novels to a legacy of colonial and post-colonial relations, and specific gendered configurations.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Purple Hibiscus; Half a Yellow Sun; gender; violence; bodies
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Postcolonial studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Simoes da Silva, AJ (Professor Tony Simoes da Silva)
ID Code:102745
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-09-04
Last Modified:2018-07-12

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