October 26th, 2012
THINGS FALL APART
why this book? for many readers, this writer is the father of AFrican literature, and
this is the foundational work of what came to be called postcolonial literature
literature of former colonists, primarily colonies of European empires
what makes this book different from previous African literature is that it was the first
novel to offer a literary form of resistance
this author rewrote both the form and content of Western literature in order to provide
a different kind of imaginative space for both African and nonAfrican readers in
which they can go on to imagine a different political space
changed the way we see our world the kinds of possibilities that exist in our world
it is still relevant because right now, things still appear to be falling apart for many
"'Things Fall Apart' is a novel about colonial power and a man w ho kills himself
because he can't live under it. It is therefore deeply a novel for our time." Aine
"Things Fall Apart" is about a place and a people that is unknown to modern readers
but it still feels familiar
the novel is very foreign we have probably never experienced these things and
probably never will
Okonkwo and his people are not just other, they are "THE other"
"no group ever sets itself up as the One without at once setting up the Other over
against itself" Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
p 184, Mr Smith saw things in black and white, and black was evil.
At the time when the novel was written, most readers only saw Africa out of
european's eyes, not out of an African's eyes
the novel is not so much about the plot but rather about his people's culture before
"We in Africa did not hear of culture for the first time from Europeans"
most writing about Africa previous to this was done by white writers
"I wrote to help my society regain belief in itself"
main implied audience of this book is Europeans/an English reader
the book was first published in English
first published in London by a British publisher
p. 18 the word chi is translated it is lear that the narrator is helping people more like
us to understand the context of the novel and it is aimed at people like us
what is the importance of the epigraph?