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Chinua Achebe$
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Jago Morrison

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084362

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084362.001.0001

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Speaking from the middle ground:

Speaking from the middle ground:

contexts and intertexts

(p.1) 1 Speaking from the middle ground
Chinua Achebe

Jago Morrison

Manchester University Press

This chapter outlines the major influences which inform Achebe's emerging consciousness as a writer, strongly contesting the orthodox reading in which nationalism and commitment are taken as the keys to his work. It examines Achebe's career as one of the most influential media professionals of his time, a context that sheds much light on his literary writing. It explores his work in relation to both its key literary intertexts, and as part of the burgeoning interest in historical reclamation that accompanied decolonisation in Nigeria. Finally, the chapter examines the extraordinary role played by Achebe in helping to establish African writing on the international scene.

Keywords:   Achebe, Chinua, Nigeria, Broadcasting, Publishing, Historiography

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