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Chinua Achebe [electronic resource]: Africa's Voice

Films for the Humanities & Sciences
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Things Fall Apart has been translated into 50 languages, has sold over 8 million copies, and is considered one of the 20th century's literary masterpieces. This program analyzes the impact Chinua Achebe and his writings have had on world literature, as well as his influence as an editor and a spokesman for a generation of African writers. Dr. Achebe, noted professors Abiola Irele and Gerald Graff, and Charles Larson, editor of the anthology Under African Skies, discuss the characterization, social implications, and levels of interpretation of Things Fall Apart. Vital concepts indigenous to the Ibos of southeastern Nigeria such as oral culture, reincarnation, and negotiation-concepts essential to a deep understanding of the novel-are also presented. This program is an indispensable supplement to Achebe's best-known novel that elucidates Nigerian history and culture and the impact of colonialism.
Release Date
2005
Run Time
61 min.
Language
English
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Sept. 19, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Africa's voice
Contents
  • Trailblazer of African Literature (1:59)
  • Plot of "Things Fall Apart" (3:47)
  • Positive Aspects of Unoka (2:17)
  • Okankwo in "Things Fall Apart" (3:01)
  • Separating Fiction and Reality (2:46)
  • Achebe's Early Life and Training (3:43)
  • Achebe: Pioneer of African Literature (6:22)
  • Universal Themes in "Things Fall Apart" (3:13)
  • European Colonialism in Africa (3:38)
  • Achebe's Narrative Style and Point of View (6:36)
  • African Proverbs in "Things Fall Apart" (1:51)
  • Achebe: Mentor and Inspiration (2:59)
  • Complexities of Achebe's Novel (2:38)
  • Achebe's Explanation of Reincarnation (3:09)
  • Ibo Culture in "Things Fall Apart" (7:17)
  • Universal Themes in "Things Fall Apart" (3:18)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], c1999.
Publisher no.
9050 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (61 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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