Things Fall Apart Connections and Further Reading
by Chinua Achebe

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Bibliography and Further Reading

(Novels for Students)


Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1996.

Chinua.Achebe, Morning Yet on Creation Day. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1996.

Kofi Awoonor, The Breast of the Earth, Doubleday, 1975.

C. L. Innes and Bernth Lindfors, eds. Critical Perspectives on Chinua Achebe. London: Heinemann, 1979.

Elizabeth Isichei, A History of the Igbo People. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1976.

G. D. Killam, The Novels of Chinua Achebe, Africana Publishing, 1969.

Charles Larson, "Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart: The Archetypal African Novel" and "Characters and Modes of Characterization: Chinua Achebe, James Ngugi, and Peter Abrahams," in The Emergence of African Fiction, revised edition, Indiana University Press, 1972, pp. 27-65, 147-66.

Bernth Lindfors, ed. Approaches to Teaching Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1991.

Don C. Ohadike, Anioma: A Social History of the Western Igbo People. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1994.

Don C. Ohadike, “Igbo Culture and History” in Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1996. (xix-xlix)

Eustace Palmer, The Growth of the African Novel, Heinemann, 1979.

Adrian A. Roscoe, Mother Is Gold: A Study of West African Literature, Cambridge University Press, 1971.

Victor C Uchendu, The Igbo of Southeast Nigeria. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1965.

Robert Wren, Achebe’s World: The Historical and Cultural Context of the Novels of Chinua Achebe. Harlow, England: Longman Studies in African Literature, 1981.

For Further Study

Chinua Achebe, "The Novelist as Teacher," in Hope and Impediments: Selected Essays, Anchor Books, 1988, pp. 40-46. Achebe's own explanation of the social significance of his fiction.

Edna Aizenberg, "The Third World Novel as Counterhistory: Things Fall Apart and Asturias's Men of Maize," in Approaches to Teaching Achebe's "Things Fall Apart," edited by Bernth Lindfors, Modern Language Association of America, 1991, pp. 85-90. An analysis of how Things Fall Apart revises biased colonial histories.

Ernest N. Emenyonu, "Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart; A Classic Study in Colonial Diplomatic Tactlessness," in Chinua Achebe: A Celebration, edited by Kirsten Holst Petersen and Anna Rutherford, Heinemann, 1990, pp. 83-88. An analysis of the political significance of Things Fall Apart as a critique of colonialism.

Abiola Irele, "The Tragic Conflict in the Novels of Chinua Achebe," in Critical Perspectives on Chinua Achebe, edited by C. L. Innes and Bernth Lindfors, Three Continents Press, 1978, pp. 10-21. An analysis of Achebe's use of tragedy.

Solomon O. Iyasere, "Narrative Techniques in Things Fall Apart," in Critical Perspectives on Chinua Achebe, edited by C. L. Innes and Bernth Lindfors, Three Continents Press, 1978, pp. 92-110. A general introduction to the themes and narrative structure of Things Fall Apart.

Abdul JanMohamed, "Sophisticated Primitivism: The Syncretism of Oral and Literate Modes in Achebe's Things Fall Apart," Ariel: A Review of International English Literature , Vol. 15, No. 4, 1984, pp. 19-39. An analysis of how Achebe...

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