A Short History of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

A Short History of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

by Terri Ochiagha

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The publication of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958) is heralded as the inaugural moment of modern African fiction, and the book remains the most widely read African novel of all time. Translated into dozens of languages, it has sold more than twelve million copies, and has become a canonical reading in schools the world over. While Things Fall Apart is neither the first African novel to be published in the West nor necessarily the most critically valued, its iconic status has surpassed even that of its author.

Until now—in the sixtieth anniversary year of its publication—there has not been an updated history that moves beyond the book’s commonly discussed contexts and themes. In the accessible and concise A Short History of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Terri Ochiagha provides that history, asking new questions and bringing to wider attention unfamiliar but crucial elements of the Things Fall Apart story. These include new insights into questions of canonicity and into literary, historiographical, and precolonial aesthetic influences. She also assesses adaptations and appropriations not just in films but in theater, hip-hop, and popular literary genres such as Onitsha Market Literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821446546
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 11/12/2018
Series: Ohio Short Histories of Africa
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Dr. Terri Ochiagha is a lecturer in world literatures in English in Royal Holloway, University of London. Her first book, Achebe and Friends at Umuahia: The Making of a Literary Elite, won the African Studies Association UK’s Fage and Oliver Prize in 2016.

Table of Contents

Contents Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: Turning and Turning in the Widening Gyre 1: The World of Stories 2: Encounters with the Colonial Library 3: The Lost Manuscript and Other Harrowing Adventures Part 2: The Blood-Dimmed Tide Is Loosed 4: First Impressions 5: Things Fall Apart and Its Critics 6: Of Canons, Sons, and Daughters Part 3: Spiritus Mundi 7: Artistic Interactions 8: Adaptations, Appropriations, and Mimesis 9: Things Fall Apart’s Worldwide Readers Conclusion: Whither Things Fall Apart? Notes Bibliography Index

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