Academic Papers on African Literature

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A 10 page paper analyzing the importance of the proverbs in Chinua Achebe's novel. The paper looks at six critical analyses of the book and shows how the critics support the view that the use of proverbs is integral to the way Achebe's characters communicate with one another. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

A 10 page paper discussing citizenship and its obligations. 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe and 'Man's Search for Meaning' are used as the primary reference points for the discussion. Issues of the meaning and practice of community are also discussed. Bibliography lists six sources.

This 10 page research paper provides an examination into Chinua Achebe's novel, Things Fall Apart, focusing on the main character, Okonkwo. Specifically considered in this character evaluation is how Okonkwo demonstrates the traditional aspects of his 'ideal society,' his perceptions of good and evil, likes and dislikes. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

An 8 page paper looking at the nature of intercultural communication in Chinua Achebe's classic novel. The paper defines intercultural communication as necessitating not only a commonality of language but a commonality of viewpoint and assumption. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 5 page report discusses the Achebe's first novel (written in 1958) and the idea of how its main character, Okonkwo, struggles for freedom. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 5 page paper discussing Chinua Achebe's first novel. The writer explores whether the arrival of the white man in what is now Nigeria was a greater threat to the established government or religion of the villagers in the story. This paper illustrates that the threat was greater to religion since all political action ...

A 6 page paper which compares three African tribal novels -- Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Flora Nwapa's Efuru and Fa-Digi Sisoko's Epic of Son-Jara (Sunjata) -- to determine what they illuminate about pre-colonial African history. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

In this 4 page essay, the writer describes Things Fall Apart as 'classic' in the sense that it adheres to Aristotle's definition of a tragedy and Okonkwo presents himself as a tragic hero. Specific examples form the story, -- including evidence of Okonkwo's tragic flaw,-- are provided to illustrated points made. No other sources cited.

The writer of this 5 page essay describes Okonkwo as a troubled individual with deeply-repressed feelings (particularly towards his father) who-- expresses these feelings as anger and aggression. Okonwko has developed a loathing for anything feminine; he is extremely macho and expects the same of all men around him. In a sense, he is overcompensating ...

This 4 page report discusses the Achebe's first novel (written in 1958) and the idea of how its main character, Okonkwo, struggles for freedom. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

In this 2 page essay, the writer argues that Okonkwo suffered from his own failure to confirm with society. Examples from the story -- including his own death -- are used to back-up this point. No other sources cited.

In this 5 page essay, the writer analyzes how the coming of the White man to Africa meant the end of traditional culture in Things Fall Apart. Interestingly, pertinent events are very similar in 'Clear Light Of Day'-- in which the sociocultural impact of the English coming to India are described. Relevant comparisons are made. ...

A 6 page analysis of Achebe's Things Fall Apart as understood through a perspective aided by Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France. The writer argues that although these two works deal with totally different cultures in totally different time frames, the commonality of human experience gives them quite a few points of ...

A 6 page paper that provides an overview of the major thematic components and the circumstances surrounding the original production of Ngugi and Ngugi's play. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A short, yet well-written 3 page discussion of how Ngugi Wa Thiong'O's 'Petals of Blood' and Buchi Emecheta's 'The Joys of Motherhood' demonstrate the socio-cultural and socio-religious struggles that Africans endured after being so crudely affected by European influences. Bibliography lists full citations for the two primary texts.

A 5 page paper that considers the theme of interpersonal conflict in Head's 'The Collector of Treasures' and Wa Thiong'O's 'The Return.' The writer also demonstrates the way in which gender of both the characters and the authors impacts the development of this theme. No additional sources cited.

An 11 page paper discussing South African dissident Athol Fugard's 1961 play The Blood Knot. The text of the play is carefully examined in light of South Africa's history and culture and their unique effect on the play. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 5 page paper based on the play by South African playwright Athol Fugard. It contrasts Hally's relationship with his real father with his relationship with the black waiter Sam, who actually behaves much more like a father to him. The paper concludes by analyzing Hally's terrible betrayal of Sam at the play's end. Bibliography ...

A 4 page sociopolitical examination of Nadine Gordimer's 'My Son's Story'-- the tale of a Black South-African who plays hooky from school only to discover that his father is having an affair with a White woman... in the midst of Apartheid. Character, theme, and their relevance to South African politics & society are discussed. No ...

2 page discussion of central characters and society "Nectar in a Sieve" and "Crick Crack Monkey." Books are commonly used in studies relevant to general literature or to studies of the African-American struggle.

A 3 page discussion of society and kingship in the African epic 'Sundiata.' The writer discusses the roles of royalty, masculinity, cultural arts, and more. No Bibliography.

A 2 page paper discussing the novel 'Women at Point Zero' by Nawal Sadawi and its linking of issues relating to feminism, sexuality, and culture. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 4 page analysis of Alifa Rifaat's short story "The Telephone Call" (from "Distant View of a Minaret" in which the writer attempts to assess the symbolic meaning of the call itself. It is argued that the late-night, anonymous ringing was not a "sign" from the heavens but rather a lesson of faith for its ...

Short Story Reviews

  • 5 page paper

5 pages worth of brief discussions of 8-10 African short stories; from every region of the continent. Stories reviewed appear in a collective book entitled 'African Short Stories.' Bibliography lists 1 source.

This 5 page report discusses the various changes in the status of women and women's roles in Africa through pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial times. The entire issue of gender and gender roles serves as just one more example of the depth of complexity of any issue related to Africa, whether in terms of history or ...

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