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Brown Bag: “Nigeria’s Diasporic Women and the Search for Identity in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, Half of a Yellow Sun, The Thing Around Your Neck and Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl"

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Center for African Studies
Location
101 ISB; 910 S. Fifth St.; Champaign
Date
Mar 6, 2019   12:00 pm  
Speaker
Amber Scarborough (African Studies, UIUC)
Cost
Free and open to the public.
Contact
Terri Gitler
E-Mail
tgitler@illinois.edu
Phone
217-265-5016
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Originating Calendar
African studies - Outreach Calendar

The speaker will be examining the effects diaspora has on female characters in Adichie and Oyeyemi's novels. With the movement from one land and culture to another, the women have struggled to maintain or recover an identity. Particularly focusing on the migration to America and England, there are immense discriminatory factors such as racism and sexism. She is, therefore, asking how these women are able to find an identity within such a constricting place. They do this, she argues, with themes such as Nigerian mythology and African feminism. Ms. Scarborough hopes, besides just this piece of work, to continue looking at diaspora within African women's literature and how it's being viewed.

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