Americanah: A Novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Americanah: A Novel
Spring 2023
Taught By: Basuli Deb
Section: A

CRN: 13705

Credits: 4

This course examines the 2013 novel Americanah by the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in the context of Nigerian history and transnational feminism. Adichie’s well-known TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story” describes how, despite never having been outside Nigeria, her early exposure to British and American children’s literature conditioned how as a child she wrote stories peopled with blue-eyed white characters who played in the snow, ate apples, drank ginger beer and appreciated the sun. It was only after she discovered African books that she realized that black girls could also exist in literature, and started to write about them. This talk offers a critical framework for our transnational feminist approach to Americanah—a story of postcolonial migration and return spread across three continents, intertwined with a love story, and the reinvention of identity. Set against the backdrop of military dictatorship, the novel offers opportunities to examine Nigeria’s colonial and postcolonial history. We use Adichie’s interviews, talks, and shorter essays, as well as literary criticism, media criticism, history, and film to develop an interdisciplinary theoretical approach to Americanah, winner U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.

This course fulfills the Single Author/Text requirement in Literary Studies.
After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:22am EDT 5/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm
Building: 68 5th Ave
Room: 104
Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023