Historical Context

Lagos, the port city and at one time the capital of Nigeria, was given its name by the Portuguese who settled...

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The Bride Price Literary Style

Emecheta foreshadows many of the issues that she will eventually present in the body of the story. For...

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The Bride Price Literary Techniques

Emecheta's principal technique in The Bride Price arises from African oral historiography and folk storytelling traditions. Her...

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The Bride Price Ideas for Group Discussions

Changing social values are a universal concern, but for the postcolonial subject, those changes are rife with contention, trauma, and the...

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The Bride Price Social Concerns

T he very title of Buchi Emecheta's The Bride Price speaks to the double consciousness of the Ibo in postcolonial Nigeria. The novel...

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The Bride Price Compare and Contrast

Pre-Colonial Times: Traditional rule is centered in the village with the chief as the head. Women affect decisions due to...

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The Bride Price Topics for Further Study

The beliefs of the Ibo people embraced both the traditional gods of their ancestors, as well as the Christian rituals of the European...

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The Bride Price Literary Precedents

The Bride Price is an impressive addition to West African writers who compose in English. The mid-1900s witnessed a surge of West...

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The Bride Price Related Titles

Buchi Emecheta has produced over ten titles to date, including an autobiography and autobiographical fiction that details her migration from...

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The Bride Price What Do I Read Next?

The Slave Girl (1997), by Buchi Emecheta, as the title suggests, is about a young slave girl living in and dealing with Nigerian...

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The Bride Price Bibliography

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Further Reading

Boostrom, Rebecca. “Nigerian Legal Concepts in Buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Price.” In Emerging Perspectives on Buchi Emecheta, edited by Marie Umeh. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press, 1996. A careful examination of customary Ibo law and British law and the social changes that had been already underway in 1950’s Nigeria, the decade in which The Bride Price is set.

Cox, C. Brian, ed. African Writers. 2 vols. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1997. This compilation on African writers includes a biographical and critical overview of Emecheta and her writings. Also...

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The Bride Price Bibliography and Further Reading

Cima, Richard, Review, in Library Journal, April 1, 1976, pp. 922-923.


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