Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun


Author : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Publisher : Anchor
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ISBN : 0307485773
Pages : 560 pages
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From the award-winning, bestselling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists—a haunting story of love and war • Recipient of the Women’s Prize for Fiction “Winner of Winners” award With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor’s beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover’s charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna’s willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.


Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Book Analysis)

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Book Analysis)


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ISBN : 2808002246
Pages : 25 pages
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Unlock the more straightforward side of Half of a Yellow Sun with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a gripping novel set against the backdrop of the Nigerian Civil War in the 1960s, when the Igbo people attempted to secede from Nigeria to found the Republic of Biafra. The novel depicts the ravages of war as seen through the eyes of a handful of mostly Igbo characters, whose personal lives become inextricably intertwined with the fate of their country. Half of a Yellow Sun won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction, and a film adaptation starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton was released in 2014. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the most influential Nigerian writers active today, and has published a variety of novels, short stories and nonfiction works. Her debut novel Purple Hibiscus was longlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. Find out everything you need to know about Half of a Yellow Sun in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!


Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun


Author : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Publisher : Fourth Estate
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ISBN : 9780008459604
Pages : pages
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THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 'WINNER OF WINNERS' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's heartbreaking, exquisitely written literary masterpiece. Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2007.


Women and the Nigeria-Biafra War

Women and the Nigeria-Biafra War


Author : Gloria Chuku
Publisher : Lexington Books
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ISBN : 1793617856
Pages : 351 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (793 users)

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This first comprehensive study of the Nigeria-Biafra War (1967-1970) through the lens of gender explores the valiant and gallant ways women carried out old and new responsibilities in wartime and immediate postwar Nigeria. The book presents women as embodiments of vulnerability and agency, who demonstrated remarkable resilience and initiative, waging war on all fronts in the face of precarious conditions and scarcities, and maximizing opportunities occasioned by the hostilities. Women’s experiences are highlighted through critical analyses of oral interviews, memoirs, life histories, fashion and material culture, international legal conventions, music, as well as governmental and non-governmental sources. The book fills the gap in the war scholarship that has minimized women’s complex experiences fifty years after the hostilities ended. It highlights the cost of the conflict on Nigerian women, their participation in the hostilities, and their contributions to the survival of families, communities and the country. The chapters present counter-narratives to fictional and nonfictional accounts of the war, especially those written by men, which often peripheralize or stereotypically represent women as passive spectators or helpless victims of the conflict; and also highlight and exaggerate women’s moral laxity and sensationalize their marital infidelities.


Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Works


Author : Geoff Hamilton
Publisher : Infobase Publishing
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ISBN : 143812970X
Pages : 433 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (438 users)

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Provides a comprehensive overview of the best writers and works of the current English-speaking literary world.


Expressions of the Body

Expressions of the Body


Author : Charlotte Baker
Publisher : Peter Lang
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ISBN : 9783039115464
Pages : 396 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (115 users)

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This book contributes to a growing corpus of writing on the body, bringing new perspectives to this fascinating and topical subject. Feminist, psychoanalytic and queer readings, among others, have demonstrated the extent of the functions and roles fulfilled by the body, as well as the number of critical perspectives it can serve. However, by and large, African representations of the body have been overlooked. This coherent volume brings together essays on the portrayal of the body in African art, film, literature, photography and theatre. The book includes thematically linked contributions which explore issues of power and representation, and reflects current trends in the study of the body and more broadly within the field of African Studies.


New Perspectives on the Nigeria-Biafra War

New Perspectives on the Nigeria-Biafra War


Author : Chima J. Korieh
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
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ISBN : 1793631123
Pages : 429 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (793 users)

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This book analyzes the impact of the Nigeria-Biafra war on the Igbo, the failure of the reconstruction and reconciliation effort in the post-war period, and the politics of exclusion of the memory of the war in public discourse in Nigeria, arguing that the war had lasting consequences for the socio-political developments in the post-war period.


Half Of A Yellow Sun

Half Of A Yellow Sun


Author : Chimamanda
Publisher :
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ISBN : 9780007272372
Pages : pages
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In 1960S Nigeria, A Country Blighted By Civil War, Three Lives Intersect. Ugwu, A Boy From A Poor Village, Works As A Houseboy For A University Lecturer. Olanna, A Young Woman, Has Abandoned Her Life Of Privilege In Lagos To Live With Her Charismatic New Lover, The Professor. The Third Is Richard, A Shy Englishman In Thrall To Olanna'S Enigmatic Twin Sister. When The Shocking Horror Of The War Engulfs Them, Their Loyalties Are Severely Tested As They Are Pulled Apart And Thrown Together In Ways That None Of Them Imagined&


African Women Writers and the Politics of Gender

African Women Writers and the Politics of Gender


Author : Sadia Zulfiqar
Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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ISBN : 1443812773
Pages : 230 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (443 users)

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This work examines the work of a group of African women writers who have emerged over the last forty years. While figures such as Chinua Achebe, Ben Okri and Wole Soyinka are likely to be the chief focus of discussions of African writing, female authors have been at the forefront of fictional interrogations of identity formation and history. In the work of authors such as Mariama Bâ (Senegal), Buchi Emecheta (Nigeria), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria), Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), and Leila Aboulela (Sudan), there is a clear attempt to subvert the tradition of male writing where the female characters are often relegated to the margins of the culture, and confined to the domestic, private sphere. This body of work has already generated a significant number of critical responses, including readings that draw on gender politics and colonialism, but it is still very much a minor literature, and most mainstream western feminism has not sufficiently processed it. The purpose of this book is three-fold. First, it draws together some of the most important and influential African women writers of the post-war period and looks at their work, separately and together, in terms of a series of themes and issues, including marriage, family, polygamy, religion, childhood, and education. Second, it demonstrates how African literature produced by women writers is explicitly and polemically engaged with urgent political issues that have both local and global resonance: the veil, Islamophobia and a distinctively African brand of feminist critique. Third, it revisits Fredric Jameson’s claim that all third-world texts are “national allegories” and considers these novels by African women in relation to Jameson’s claim, arguing that their work has complicated Jameson’s assumptions.


The Routledge Companion to World Cinema

The Routledge Companion to World Cinema


Author : Rob Stone
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1317420586
Pages : 522 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (317 users)

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The Routledge Companion to World Cinema explores and examines a global range of films and filmmakers, their movements and audiences, comparing their cultural, technological and political dynamics, identifying the impulses that constantly reshape the form and function of the cinemas of the world. Each of the forty chapters provides a survey of a topic, explaining why the issue or area is important, and critically discussing the leading views in the area. Designed as a dynamic forum for forty-three world-leading scholars, this companion contains significant expertise and insight and is dedicated to challenging complacent views of hegemonic film cultures and replacing outmoded ideas about production, distribution and reception. It offers both a survey and an investigation into the condition and activity of contemporary filmmaking worldwide, often challenging long-standing categories and weighted—often politically motivated—value judgements, thereby grounding and aligning the reader in an activity of remapping which is designed to prompt rethinking.


Madness in Black Women’s Diasporic Fictions

Madness in Black Women’s Diasporic Fictions


Author : Caroline A. Brown
Publisher : Springer
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ISBN : 3319581279
Pages : 326 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (319 users)

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This collection chronicles the strategic uses of madness in works by black women fiction writers from Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and the United States. Moving from an over-reliance on the “madwoman” as a romanticized figure constructed in opposition to the status quo, contributors to this volume examine how black women authors use madness, trauma, mental illness, and psychopathology as a refraction of cultural contradictions, psychosocial fissures, and political tensions of the larger social systems in which their diverse literary works are set through a cultural studies approach. The volume is constructed in three sections: Revisiting the Archive, Reinscribing Its Texts: Slavery and Madness as Historical Contestation, The Contradictions of Witnessing in Conflict Zones: Trauma and Testimony, and Novel Form, Mythic Space: Syncretic Rituals as Healing Balm. The novels under review re-envision the initial trauma of slavery and imperialism, both acknowledging the impact of these events on diasporic populations and expanding the discourse beyond that framework. Through madness and healing as sites of psychic return, these novels become contemporary parables of cultural resistance.


The New Violent Cartography

The New Violent Cartography


Author : Samson Opondo
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1136345086
Pages : 312 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (136 users)

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This edited volume seeks to propose and examine different, though related, critical responses to modern cultures of war among other cultural practices of statecraft. Taken together, these essays present a space of creative engagement with the political and draw on a broad range of cultural contexts and genres of expressions to provoke the thinking that exceeds the conventional stories and practices of international relations. In contrast to a macropolitical focus on state policy and inter-state hostilities, the contributors to this volume treat the micropolitics of violence and dissensus that occur below [besides and against] the level and gaze that comprehends official map-making, policy-making and implementation practices. At a minimum, the counter-narratives presented in these essays disturb the functions, identities, and positions assigned by the nation-state, thereby multiplying relations between bodies, the worlds where they live, and the ways in which they are ‘equipped’ for fitting in them. Contributions deploy feature films, literature, photography, architecture to think the political in ways that offer glimpses of realities that are fugitive within existing perspectives. Bringing together a wide range of theorists from a host of geographical, cultural and theoretical contexts, this work explores the different ways in which an aesthetic treatment of world politics can contribute to an ethics of encounter predicated on minimal violence in encounters with people with different practices of identity. This work provides a significant contribution to the field of international theory, encouraging us to rethink politics and ethics in the world today.


Handbook of Research on Connecting Philosophy, Media, and Development in Developing Countries

Handbook of Research on Connecting Philosophy, Media, and Development in Developing Countries


Author : Okocha, Desmond Onyemechi
Publisher : IGI Global
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ISBN : 1668441098
Pages : 465 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (668 users)

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Developing nations have been experimenting with different models and theories in their quest for development for decades but are missing some critical elements when mirrored or judged via a Westernized lens. In order for these countries to successfully establish their identity and address issues that have held them back in the past, further study on the use of media and philosophy in correlation with development must be conducted. The Handbook of Research on Connecting Philosophy, Media, and Development in Developing Countries examines how media can be utilized to bridge the gap between the past and the future for developing countries and drive sustainable development. The book also seeks to reimagine development within developing regions through the prism of their unique cultures, religions, media, and philosophies so they can take hold of their identity and portrayals within the international arena. Covering topics such as human development, new media, language, and culture, this major reference work is ideal for government officials, policymakers, scholars, researchers, academicians, practitioners, instructors, and students.


The Routledge Companion to Literature and Class

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Class


Author : Gloria McMillan
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1000413977
Pages : 472 pages
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The Routledge Companion to Literature and Class offers a comprehensive and fresh assessment of the cultural impact of class in literature, analyzing various innovative, interdisciplinary approaches of textual analysis and intersections of literature, including class subjectivities, mental health, gender and queer studies, critical race theory, quantitative and scientific methods, and transnational perspectives in literary analysis. Utilizing these new methods and interdisciplinary maps from field-defining essayists, students will become aware of ways to bring these elusive texts into their own writing as one of the parallel perspectives through which to view literature. This volume will provide students with an insight into the history of the intersections of class, theory of class and invisibility in literature, and new trends in exploring class in literature. These multidimensional approaches to literature will be a crucial resource for undergraduate and graduate students becoming familiar with class analysis, and will offer seasoned scholars the most significant critical approaches in class studies.


Conversations with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Conversations with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Author : Daria Tunca
Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
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ISBN : 149682928X
Pages : 236 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (496 users)

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Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (b. 1977) is undoubtedly one of the most widely acclaimed African writers of the twenty-first century. Best known for her insightful fiction, viral TED talks, and essays on feminism, she is also a notoriously outspoken intellectual. As she puts it in an interview with Lia Grainger, in her characteristically straightforward style: “I have things to say and I’ll say them.” Conversations with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the first collection of interviews with the writer. Covering fifteen years of conversations, the interviews start with the publication of Adichie’s first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), and end in late 2018, by which time Adichie had become one of the most prominent figures on the international literary scene. As both scholars and passionate readers of the author’s work are bound to find out, the opinions shared by Adichie in interviews over the years coalesce into a fascinating portrait that presents both abiding features and gradual transformations. Reflecting the political and emotional scope of Adichie’s work, the conversations contained in this volume cover a wide range of topics, including colonialism, race, immigration, and feminism. Collectively, these interviews testify both to the author’s ardent wish to strive for a more just and equal world, and to her deep interest in exploring our common humanity. As Adichie says in her 2009 interview with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro: “When people call me a novelist, I say, well, yes. I really think of myself as a storyteller.” This book invites Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to tell her own literary story.


Purple Hibiscus

Purple Hibiscus


Author : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Publisher : HarperCollins UK
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ISBN : 000738369X
Pages : 340 pages
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The limits of fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world are defined by the high walls of her family estate and the dictates of her fanatically religious father. Her life is regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, prayer.


A New Generation of African Writers

A New Generation of African Writers


Author : Brenda Cooper
Publisher : Boydell & Brewer Ltd
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ISBN : 1847010768
Pages : 194 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (847 users)

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Brenda Cooper examines the work of the new generation of African writers who have placed migration as central to their writing