ILLUMINATIONS ON CHINUA ACHEBE: The Art of Resistance Paperback

 ILLUMINATIONS ON CHINUA ACHEBE: The Art of Resistance Paperback
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This book of essays, co-edited by M cere G thae M go and Herbert Ruffin II, is the latest critical volume of essays on the late Achebe, celebrating him as an iconic literature and orature genius. The essays also reflect upon ways in which Achebe s writings and teachings, viewed as examples of the art of resistance, have impacted Africa, the so-called Third World /Global South, as well as the world at large more than fifty years since the publication of the much decorated Arrow of God. However, although Arrow of God is the highlight of celebration at the novel s fiftieth anniversary since publication, there is a deliberate effort to illuminate it within the larger contexts of not just the whole body of Achebe s writing and especially the trilogy; but his legacy in general. Equally significant is the fact that the contributors are not limited to specialists in orature, literature, literary criticism and creative writing. Rather, the illuminations emanate from a rainbow of intellectual heritages representing the arts, the humanities and the social sciences a testimony to the fact that Achebe, the novelist, has indeed been a teacher to many as his essay The Novelist as Teacher so compellingly establishes in advocating the imperative of linking art to the totality of lived reality. The book provides fresh perspectives and indeed, innovative theoretical formulations that offer insightful original critical commentaries on Achebe and his works, illuminating him under new light. Some of the essays in the collection are provocative and even controversial, making the book a fascinating read. ************************************* In commemorating the 50th anniversary of Arrow of God, through scholarly re-assessment as well as personal reflection, the editors and distinguished contributors have produced a worthy festschrift that honors the father of African literature for the role that he saw for himself: the writer as teacher. --Anne V. Adams, Cornell University; SUNY Cortland This thoroughgoing engagement with one of the world s most celebrated writers provides a comprehensive rereading of Chinua Achebe s Arrow of God within the wider context of his expansive oeuvre and the political and cultural sensibilities that have informed his imaginative disposition. Thoughtfully argued, and written with clarity and erudition, the essays here galvanize some of the most current developments and contestations in the tradition of critical theory to illuminate Chinua Achebe in original and refreshing ways. Illuminations on Chinua Achebe is certainly a masterful collection, an essential contribution to our understanding of the complexities of the interplay between writing and resistance in the literary vision of Chinua Achebe. --Alamin Mazrui, Professor, Rutgers University Mugo and Ruffin have accomplished that rare feat of bringing to light new reasons to celebrate the life and work of one of African literatures founding figures. From the ranks of the ancestors, Chinua Achebe continues to reveal the complexities of the postcolonial condition. Here scholars, authors of fiction, editors and historians elucidate why Arrow of God, a far less-studied novel than his first, is essential to comprehending Achebe's impact on African, and indeed, world letters. A welcome gender balance in contributors distinguishes this collection, sure to become a key sourcebook for Achebe's oeuvre, and particularly his third novel. --Tsitsi Jaji, Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania In remembering the work and legacy of the great African literary icon, Chinua Achebe, through the lens of his classic novel Arrow of God, this collection of essays continues the fascinating facility that Achebe himself displayed for speaking to so many across various disciplines. In this volume, we meet the consum

Paperback: 214 pages Publisher: Africa World Press, Inc.; First edition (June 9, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1569025436 ISBN-13: 978-1569025437 Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches Shipping Weight: 1 pounds