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International Journal of Research in English

Vol. 4, Issue 1, Part A (2022)

Exploring Chinua Achebe’s impact on African literature and post-colonial discourse: A critical analysis of themes, style, and cultural representation

Author(s):

Hardeep Singh

Abstract:

Chinua Achebe, a prominent Nigerian author made a significant impact on African literature and post-colonial discourse through his groundbreaking novel ‘Things Fall Apart,’ published in 1948. The book challenged western stereotypes of Africa and offered a nuanced portrayal of Igbo culture during colonialism. The writings of Achebe contributed to the broader postcolonial discourse by highlighting the need to address power dynamics, cultural representation, and the lasting consequences of colonial rule. Through his narratives, Achebe highlights the multifaceted ways in which colonization disrupts and undermines African cultures and traditions. He portrays the complex interplay between the indigenous cultures and the forces of colonialism, shedding light on the enduring legacy of the historical period. His works helped establish a distinct African literary voice, inspiring other writers to explore their own cultural identities and histories. His writings contributed to the decolonization of African minds and highlighted the complexities of colonialism’s effects, sparking discussions on cultural heritage, power dynamics, and identity in the postcolonial world. The aim of this study is to critically examine from postcolonial point of view how the so-called modern Christianity displaced the primitive Igbo religion, its history and culture in the process of pacification by European powers as depicted in Chinua Achebe’s works.

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International Journal of Research in English
How to cite this article:
Hardeep Singh. Exploring Chinua Achebe’s impact on African literature and post-colonial discourse: A critical analysis of themes, style, and cultural representation. Int. J. Res. Engl. 2022;4(1):35-37. DOI: 10.33545/26648717.2022.v4.i1a.133
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