Author(s): Ode Ogede
"Reader's Guides" provide a comprehensive starting point for any advanced student, giving an overview of the context, criticism and influence of key works. Each guide also offers students fresh critical insights and provides a practical introduction to close reading and to analysing literary language and form. They provide up-to-date, authoritative but accessible guides to the most commonly studied classic texts. Chinua Achebe's remarkable novel "Things Fall Apart" (1958) is probably the best known African novel and has become one of the world's most influential literary masterpieces. Since publication, a total of nearly 12 million copies have been sold, with translations into more than 50 languages. Despite its undoubted success, its apparent simplicity has tended to blind readers to the dazzling storytelling resources and the inventive language, plot, setting, and characterization which first draw them to the novel and keep them reading.
Ode Ogede is Professor of English at North Carolina Central University and past vice-president of the Modern Language Association of America. His publications include Achebe and the Politics of Representation and numerous essays on modern African fiction.
1. Contexts: Achebe, Among Pre-Independence African Writers, Contemporary Writing and His Other Work; 2. Language, Style and Form; 3. Reading Things Fall Apart: The Communal World, The Embattled Zones of Conquest, and the Decline of Tradition; 4. Critical Reception, Interpretation and Afterlife (adaptation and influence); 5. Guide to Further Reading; 6. Bibliography.