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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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The balance of stories:

The balance of stories:

critical overview and conclusion

(p.224) 6 The balance of stories
Chinua Achebe

Jago Morrison

Manchester University Press

This chapter completes the analysis of Achebe's writing, emphasising the centrality of balance and dialogue over orthodoxy or political commitment in his work. Referencing Nwando Achebe's stalwart defence of her father's fiction and her work on the female warrant chief Ahebi Ugbabe, it considers the changing gender consciousness that runs through the author's work as a whole. Never uni-vocal, never content to succumb to ‘The One Way, One Truth, One Life menace’, it concludes by characterizing Achebe's fiction, in his own words, as an ongoing campaign of resistance to ‘The Terror that lives completely alone.’

Keywords:   Achebe, Chinua, Gender, Dialogue, Committment

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