Speaking from the middle ground
Contexts and intertexts
in Chinua Achebe
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This chapter outlines the major influences which inform Achebe's emerging consciousness as a writer, strongly contesting the orthodox reading in which nationalism and commitment are taken as the keys to his work. It examines Achebe's career as one of the most influential media professionals of his time, a context that sheds much light on his literary writing. It explores his work in relation to both its key literary intertexts, and as part of the burgeoning interest in historical reclamation that accompanied decolonisation in Nigeria. Finally, the chapter examines the extraordinary role played by Achebe in helping to establish African writing on the international scene.

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