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Volume 3 Issue 3

November 2017

A Study of Culture and Modernity in Chinua Achebe’s Select Novels
Dr. R. Geetha, 
Professor and Head, 
Department of English, 
Sri Krishna Arts and Science College, 
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Achebe, born thirty years after the creation of Nigeria and thirty years before it attained political independence, had direct experience of the British colonization of Nigeria and Igbo land. That is why he was able to take up the role of a novelist, painter and historian. He has also assumed the role of a biographer. However, he is objective and maintains intellectual integrity and emotional poise in his approach to his cultural heritage. As an African Writer he upholds his culture because he finds that his people’s past has been distorted, his ancestors stereotyped and his people of their cultural heritage despised. He realizes that the white historians have divested him and his people of his cultural traditions and civilization. He therefore establishes the fact that his ancestors did not live in a dark cultural void. He is rather affirmative about this fact.
Chinua Achebe; Culture; and Moderninty.
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