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Formation Within the Nation: Migration and Marginalization in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Migration and its consequences are often discussed in contemporary postcolonial discussions. This topic of migration is central in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. Adichie’s portrayal of the migrating subject has placed her in the center of the Afropolitan discussion about transnational Africans and their right to represent. This essay aims to bring this discussion to light. Furthermore, with the use of Benedict Anderson’s ideas of nations as imagined communities, Edward Said’s definition of Orientalism, and Homi K. Bhabha’s concept of mimicry, this essay intends to illuminate the colonial discourse of Americanah’s America. I argue that the novel’s protagonist Ifemelu’s migration to the land of the free is bordered by remnants of colonial discourse, placing her within a western array of marginalization. As Ifemelu struggles with issues connected to her migration into a culture that marginalizes and discriminates under the proud flag of “the American Dream,” she is forced to resort to mimicry of western traits, to get access to western privilege. I contend that the mimicry of western traits consequently reduces her presence in America to partial.

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2018. , p. 32
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Migration, Marginalization, Nationality, Mimicry, Colonial Discourse, Race, Identity, Afropolitanism, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37875OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-37875DiVA, id: diva2:1296607
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Available from: 2019-03-18 Created: 2019-03-16 Last updated: 2019-03-18Bibliographically approved

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