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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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Anthills of the Savannah

Anthills of the Savannah

(p.183) 5 Anthills of the Savannah
Chinua Achebe

Jago Morrison

Manchester University Press

This chapter reads Anthills of the Savannah against Achebe's pamphlet The Trouble With Nigeria, drawing out the notably hesitant and fragmentary texture of the novel. Examining Achebe's portrait of dictatorship, it traces elements from Nigeria's recent history, as well as the various military leaders of which Achebe had experience including the Biafran leader Emeka Ojukwu. Exploring Achebe's changed gender consciousness in Anthills, it concludes by considering the novel's prescription for a redemptive new order, questioning its adequacy as a response to Nigeria's entrenched problems and divisions.

Keywords:   Achebe, Chinua, Anthills of the Savannah, The Trouble with Nigeria, Nigeria, Gender, Revolution

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