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Emecheta, Culture, and The Bride Price

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Buchi Emecheta’s novel The Bride Price is examined for its overall literary strength, and particularly for its use of syncretism. Her work is compared with that of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus, and it is concluded that both writers assist us in understanding today’s African diaspora. In addition, it is argued that several key passages in Bride Price are resonant for their extensive use of metonymy, and that Emecheta’s writing exhibits strong strands of the postcolonial, including the trope that the female body can be the site of multiple instantiations of hegemony and dominance.

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2016-08-22
2018-05-25

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