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Postcolonialism and Political Discourse in Chinua Achebe’s Tetralogy

Lucifer | Reza Julaie | Ali Salami
October 21, 2019

Postcolonialism and Political Discourse in Chinua Achebe's Tetralogy


A This book studies four novels by Chinua Achebe-Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God, and A Man of People-so as to investigate how he has constructed his alternative discourse, a discourse which has been successful in providing a room where the colonized are given voices to speak and the reader has a chance to understand better their world and what they have confronted because of colonization. Since each novel focuses on a different colonial or postcolonial phase in Nigeria and Achebe has made use of different discursive strategies in each of them, it can be claimed that taking them as a tetralogy and studying them together can result in providing a vivid picture of Achebe's discourse and what his novels seek to mirror about the Nigerian hybrid identity and the colonized man's struggles in the way of dealing with 'otherness' and difference

Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart, often considered his masterpiece, is the most widely read book in modern African literature.

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