Inculturated Catholicisms in Chimamanda Adichie's Purple Hibiscus

Show simple item record Chennells, Anthony 2010-02-01T07:33:02Z 2010-02-01T07:33:02Z 2009
dc.description.abstract When African nationalist writers of the mid-twentieth century refer to Christianity they almost invariably represent it as being implicated in colonialism. Writers like Beti and Ngugi evidence this, and Ngugi in particular employs Christian mythology in order to displace it with a nationalism that is given spiritual dimensions. Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus ([2005] 2006. Harare: Weaver) belongs to a new generation of novels that take for granted Christianity as part of contemporary African culture and although the novel criticises the Eurocentric and exclusive Catholicism of previous generations, and demands respect for Igbo spirituality, no attempt is made to recover traditional religion in everyday life or to inculturate Catholicism in religious practices that are no longer central to the majority of the people. Christianity can never be separated from the cultures in which it seeks to express itself, however, and the novel suggests that the Church should be inculturated in a post-modern Nigeria. The post-modernity of the novel is characterised by the migrations of people, a mistrust of large intellectual systems, and a recognition that intellectual life can hope only for local revelations and tentative conclusions. en
dc.identifier.citation Chennells, A 2009, 'Inculturated Catholicisms in Chimamanda Adichie's Purple Hibiscus', English Academy Review, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 15-25. [] en
dc.identifier.issn 1013-1752 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1753-5360 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/10131750902768374
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.rights English Academy of Southern Africa. en
dc.subject African Catholicism en
dc.subject African traditional religion en
dc.subject.lcsh Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977- en
dc.subject.lcsh African fiction (English) en
dc.subject.lcsh Postmodernism (Literature) -- Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Nationalists -- Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Christianity -- 20th century en
dc.subject.lcsh Igbo fiction -- Nigeria en
dc.subject.lcsh Religion and culture -- Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Catholic Church and world politics en
dc.title Inculturated Catholicisms in Chimamanda Adichie's Purple Hibiscus en
dc.type Article en

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