Narrative Strategy in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Novel „Americanah”: the Manifestation of Migrant Identity Cover Image

Narrative Strategy in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Novel „Americanah”: the Manifestation of Migrant Identity
Narrative Strategy in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Novel „Americanah”: the Manifestation of Migrant Identity

Author(s): Patrycja Kozieł
Subject(s): Novel, Other Language Literature, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Identity of Collectives
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Anglophone Nigerian literature;, Igbo; narrative strategy; migrant identity

Summary/Abstract: In this essay I will examine the characteristics of narrative strategy used by Nigerian writer and activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her novel „Americanah” with special reference to Igbo language. The paper provides examples of several expressions in Igbo taken from the novel such as phrases, sentences, proverbs and other lexical items. Using the concept of the migrant identity for my analysis I argue that her narrative strategy including certain Igbo context as base for recognition could be interpreted as the method of manifestation of different self-identifications, global identities and a dynamic sense of belonging from a perspective of Nigerian writer living in the United States.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 49
  • Page Range: 97-114
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English