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New Developments in Postcolonial Studies

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Edited By Malgorzata Martynuska and Elzbieta Rokosz-Piejko

This book analyses the applicability of postcolonial theories and contemporary issues, and also revisits previously tackled cultural, social and literary phenomena. The contributions examine contemporary social, economic and cultural processes. The authors look back at older cultural texts, coming from either former colonies or former colonisers. They furthermore refer to the fact that theories of postcolonialism are currently more frequently applied to study countries originally not classified as colonial. They attempt to define and explain the experiences of the native peoples of colonial territories in various historical situations of dependence.

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Orality, Textuality and Literary Legacy in Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen (Rachael Sumner)

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Rachael Sumner

Orality, Textuality and Literary Legacy in Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen

Abstract: The article focuses on Chigozie Obioma’s 2015 novel The Fishermen, which is characterised by intertextuality, linguistic code switching and the raising of local events to the level of national myth. Such techniques position Obioma’s narrative firmly within Nigerian literary and oral traditions, while also infusing the text with postcolonial political agency.

Key words: intertextuality, code switching, colonisation, identity, Nigerian literature.

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