Shaken Wisdom: Irony and Meaning in Postcolonial African Fiction

Cover_Shaken WisdomGloria Nne Onyeoziri —

In her focus on irony and meaning in postcolonial African fiction, Gloria Nne Onyeoziri refers to an internal subversion of the discourse of the wise and the powerful, a practice that has played multiple roles in the circulation of knowledge, authority, and opinion within African communities; in the interpretation of colonial and postcolonial experience; and in the ongoing resistance to tyrannies in African societies. But irony is always reversible and may be used to question the oppressed as well as the oppressor, shaking all presumptions of wisdom. Although the author cites numerous African writers, she selects six works by Chinua Achebe, Ahmadou Kourouma, and Calixthe Beyala for her primary analysis.

Gloria Nne Onyeoziri, Shaken Wisdom: Irony and Meaning in Postcolonial African Fiction, University of Virginia Press, 2011.
ISBN: 97600-8139-3184-6