Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Literary Dialogue with Chinua Achebe

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Thomas Jay Lynn / Pennsylvania State University Berks
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is among the most prominent and admired young writers of African Europhone fiction. As a Nigerian and Igbo author, she has been linked with one of her renowned predecessors, Chinua Achebe. Indeed Achebe himself paid tribute to Adichie's talent, observing that "Adichie came almost fully made." Clearly one of the influences that shaped that talent has been Achebe's own fiction. Adichie's novels and shorter fiction allude to and draw on elements of Achebe's work, and this panel will explore dimensions of storytelling, history, politics, gender, and culture that create a complex and rich dialogue between the two authors. This comparison will provide a fuller understanding not only of the interrelationship between the two authors, but also of the enduring achievement of their respective work. By September 30, 2018, please submit a 250-word abstract that addresses the intertextual dialogue between Adichie and Achebe. Please note: All abstract proposals for this call for papers must be submitted through the Northeast Modern Language Association website: Go to: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html