Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Literary Dialogue with Chinua Achebe (Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention)
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association
Event: Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is among the most prominent and admired young writer's of African Europhone fiction. As a Nigerian and Igbo author, she has been linked with one of her renowned predecessors, Chinua Achebe. Indeed Achebe himself paid tribute to Adichie's talent, observing that "Adichie came almost fully made." Clearly one of the influences that shaped that talent has been Achebe's own fiction. Adichie's novels and shorter fiction allude to and draw on elements of Achebe's work, and this panel will explore dimensions of storytelling, history, politics, gender, and culture that create a complex and rich dialogue between the two authors. This comparison will provide a fuller understanding not only of the interrelationship between the two authors, but also of the enduring achievement of their respective work.
Thomas Jay Lynn