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Author Okonkwo, Christopher N.

Title A spirit of dialogue : incarnations of ̣Ơgbañje, the born-to-die, in African American literature / Christopher N. Okonkwo.

Published Knoxville : The University of Tennessee Press, c2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  813.540915 OKON    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xxv, 266 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-239) and index.
Contents Note on Orthography -- Introduction. An Aesthetic (Re)Mark on the Spirit Child -- Ch. 1. Ogbanje and Abiku: Contexts, Conceptualizations, and Two West African Literary Archetypes -- Ch. 2. Chinua Achebe, the Neo-Slave Narrative, the Nationalist Aesthetic, and African American (Re) Visions of the Spirit Child -- Ch. 3. Of Power, Protest, and Revolution: Wild Seed and Mind of My Mind -- Ch. 4. Binary Nativity, Subjectivity, and the Wages of (In)Fidelity to "Origins": The Between -- Ch. 5. Mediating Character, Theme, and Narration: "Ogbanje" as Hermeneutics in The Cattle Killing -- Ch. 6. Sula, Beloved, and the Constructive Synchrony of Good and Evil -- Epilogue: This Blues Called Ogbanje.
Summary "A groundbreaking study, A Spirit of Dialogue examines through extensive, interdisciplinary research, theory, and close reading the intricate reconstructions, extensions, and resonances of the West African myth of spirit children, the "Born-to-Die," in contemporary African American neo-slave narratives. Arguing that the myth, called "Ogbanje" in Igbo language and "abiku" in Yoruba, has had over thirty years of uncharted presence in African American literature, Okonkwo advances a compelling case absent in extant scholarship."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Myth in literature.
Mourning customs in literature.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
African Americans in literature.
Death in literature.
ISBN 9781572336155 (hardcover)
1572336153 (hardcover)