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Christopher Ernest Ouma

Associate Professor of English

Selected Publications

Small magazines in Africa: ecologies and genealogies

Journal Article Social Dynamics · January 1, 2021 This special issue introduction maps the trajectories, histories, ecologies and genealogies of small magazine production and circulation in Africa, within the broader contexts of print cultural histories that frame intellectual, political and cultural comm ... Full text Cite

“Peculiar and enabling”: cold war paradigms and paradoxes

Journal Article Social Dynamics · January 1, 2021 Full text Cite

Harry Garuba: poet and professor, 1958-2020

Journal Article Social Dynamics · January 2, 2020 Full text Cite

West Africa

Chapter · January 1, 2020 David Damrosch’s conception of world literature as “literary works that circulate beyond their culture of origin” (2003, 4) has become an influential perspective in thinking about world literature. However, this circulation model, a major conceptual approa ... Full text Cite

Countries of the mind: Space-time chronotopes in Adichie's Purple Hibiscus

Journal Article Matatu · January 1, 2014 In foregrounding the literary chronotopes of space and time, this essay examines the place of Nsukka in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus as a significant toponym of meaning. As part of the narrative cartography of meaning informed by authorial no ... Full text Cite

Reading the diasporic abiku in Helen Oyeyemi’s The icarus girl

Journal Article Research in African Literatures · January 1, 2014 This essay reads the abiku figure in Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl (2005) in its new context of migration. This context, read as diasporic, provides a framework in which the abiku child confronts structures of racialized interpretation. Oyeyemi’s novel i ... Full text Cite

Chronotopicity in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun

Chapter · January 1, 2012 The epigraph defines Bakhtin’s idea of the literary chronotope, which is characterized by the intersection and connectedness of the elements of space and time that form the textual plane where meanings can be mapped out in the novel.2 In the representation ... Full text Cite

Composite consciousness and memories of war in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun

Journal Article English Academy Review · October 1, 2011 Studies of the Nigerian civil war have examined the notion of war fronts and home fronts as reflective of gendered representations of the war. Others have critiqued these representations as informed by the anxieties of the elite - the military, business an ... Full text Cite

Childhood(s) in purple hibiscus

Journal Article English Academy Review · January 1, 2009 The current blossoming of fiction in contemporary Nigeria is, as many critics have pointed out, creating a ‘third generation’ of Nigerian literature. Defined using Waberi's (1998) famous words ‘children of the postcolony’, this writing is actually informed ... Full text Cite