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Sites about Anthills of the Savannah

by Chinua Achebe

"The book deals with three friends who have come to play major roles in the fictional African nation of Nangan, one as the country's corrupt president, another as a troubled statesman, and the third as an opposition journalist. A riveting portrayal of an educated elite losing touch with the common people" (The Reader's Catalog). Shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Characters: Ikem

Critical sites about Anthills of the Savannah

Anthills of the Savannah
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/anthillsov.html
An entire page of essays, mostly by undergraduate students under the direction of George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History, Brown University, on various aspects of Anthills of the Savannah.
Contains: Plot Summary, Character Analysis, Historical Context, Content Analysis
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 
The Confluence of Religion and Economic Class
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/jlg1.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. "As a result of the change from colonialism to independence and the changes caused by a meeting of two cultures, Nigerians assimilate to a form of the English culture. The relationship between religion and economic class exemplifies this confluence of culture and replication of English practice."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Laura Pilar Gelfman
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
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The Continuing Colonialism
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/contcol.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. "Although the mythical country of Kangan had shed its colonial bonds, the influence of its former British oppressors still remained. The political gap created by the departure of the white man was quickly filled by a government dominated by militant, totalitarian leaders equally as oppressive as the white colonists."
Contains: Character Analysis, Content Analysis
Author: Jason M. Smith
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
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Food in Anthills of the Savannah and Bones
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/yancovitz1.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. Addresses the idea of food as culturally defining in Anthills of the Savannah and Chenjerai Hove's Bones. Linked to the other two parts of the essay, "Food in Anthills of the Savannah" and "Food in Bones."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Molly Yancovitz
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
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Freud's Id, Ego, and Superego in Anthills of the Savannah
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/cafreud.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. "Sigmund Freud proposed that the human psyche could be divided into three dependent parts, the id, the ego, and the superego. Achebe explores these three entities by developing characters that embody each."
Contains: Character Analysis
Author: Jason M. Smith
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
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Historical Detection in Waterland and Anthills of the Savannah
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/histeria2.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. Continues the train of thought begun in "Histeri(a): Introduction to History in Achebe and Swift." The essay is concluded in "So-Called Natural History in Waterland and Anthills of the Savannah."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Kate Cook
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 
Hysteri(a): Introduction to History in Achebe and Swift
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/histeria.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. "Exploring questions regarding the intimate relationship between history and the self, the importance of storytelling, and notions of progress, the detective stories Anthills of the Savannah and Waterland problematize historical production and narrative." Continues in "Historical Detection in Waterland and Anthills of the Savannah" and concludes in "So-Called Natural History in Waterland and Anthills of the Savannah."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Kate Cook
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
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Ideological Positioning in Anthills of the Savannah and The Remains of the Day
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/caideol.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. "Both The Remains of the Day and Anthills of the Savannah reveal the ideological implication of people who have secondary or 'helping' roles in the support of someone else's political project."
Contains: Character Analysis, Content Analysis
Author: Beth Soucar
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
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Ikem on the Oppression of Women
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/oppress.html
Short piece by a professor at Brown University, intended to provoke thought about Ikem's character in the novel.
Contains: Character Analysis, Content Analysis
Author: George P. Landow
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
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Ikem on True Radicalism
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/radical.html
Short piece by a professor at Brown University, intended to provoke thought about the novel.
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: George P. Landow
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 
Ikem's Political Philosophy
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/nigeria/ikem.html
Short piece by a professor at Brown University, intended to provoke thought about the novel.
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: George P. Landow
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 
The Inspired Story-Teller in Traditional African Culture
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/castory.html
Short piece by a professor at Brown University, intended to provoke thought about the novel.
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: George P. Landow
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 
The Myth of Women and the Reality of Men's Actions
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/zimbabwe/hove/binns4.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. "Anthills of the Savannah illustrates a culture in which women must save the country from its downfall--a feat possible only with the recreation of Kangan tradition and myth. Such a dramatic shift in power and action requires new myths and a new basis of models which the culture can imitate." Also discusses Chenjerai Hove's Bones.
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Corey Binns
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 
The Political Power of Stories and Storytellers
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/story.html
Short piece by a professor at Brown University, intended to provoke thought about the novel.
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: George P. Landow
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 
Post-Colonialism: Trying to Regain Ethnic Individuality
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/poldiscourse/washburn1.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. "With the British empire gone, African societies must look inward to find remnants of colonialism which continue to harm their nations, and perhaps, find those which are advantageous in the new world they have been thrust into." Addresses Anthills of the Savannah as well as several other contemporary works.
Contains: Content Analysis, Historical Context
Author: David Washburn
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
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Postcolonial Feminism in Anthills of the Savannah
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/greenwald3.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. Discusses the "question of the restoration of women in postcolonial visions of Africa's past, present, and future," in Anthills of the Savannah and Yvonne Vera's Nehanda.
Contains: Content Analysis, Historical Context
Author: Andy Greenwald
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 
Reading Questions for Anthills of the Savannah (Autumn class)
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/lq.html
Reading questions created by students in a Brown University English class, under the direction of George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History. Very detailed. Also relates the novel to other books read in the class.
Contains: Content Analysis, Character Analysis
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 
Reading Questions for Anthills of the Savannah (Spring class)
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/lq1.html
Reading questions created by students in a Brown University English class, under the direction of George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History. Very detailed. Also relates the novel to other books read in the class.
Contains: Content Analysis, Character Analysis
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 
So-Called Elitism in Anthills of the Savannah
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/polaction.html
Short piece by a professor at Brown University, intended to provoke thought about the novel.
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: George P. Landow
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 
So-Called Natural History in Waterland and Anthills of the Savannah
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/histeria3.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. "Achebe suggests that whereas human triumphs over nature are always temporary, people must continually engage in the infinite task of making new stories by manipulating history." Completes the train of thought begun in "Hysteri(a): Introduction to History in Achebe and Swift" and continued in "Historical Detection in Waterland and Anthills of the Savannah."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Kate Cook
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 
Subversion Versus Rejection: Can Postcolonial Writers Subvert the Codified Using the Language of the Empire?
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/poldiscourse/brandon1.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. This first part of the essay contains links to subsequent sections, including one entitled "Anthills of the Savannah and Languages of Wider Communication," as well as a bibliography of sources used.
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography
Author: Brandon Brown
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
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The Term Postcolonial Applied to Anthills of the Savannah and A Forest of Flowers
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/poldiscourse/hander5.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. This essay, in linked parts, addresses the conflicts "arising when post-colonial fiction becomes only an analysis of the indigenous vs. colonizer struggle" through a discussion of gender roles in Anthills of the Savannah and A Forest of Flowers.
Contains: Content Analysis, Historical Context
Author: Margaret Hander
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
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The Theme of Language in Recent African Novels
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/achebe/ellingson4.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. Continuation of the essay, "Postcolonial as a Literary Term--Reclaiming Voice or Stifling It?".
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis
Author: Jennifer Ellingson
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 
Women as Story-tellers in Anthills of the Savannah and Bones
http://www.scholars.nus.edu.sg/landow/post/zimbabwe/hove/holla1.html
Student essay, under the direction of George P. Landow, a professor at Brown University. Discusses the different roles of women as story-tellers in Anthills of the Savannah and Chenjarai Hove's Bones.
Contains: Content Analysis, Character Analysis
Author: Alaka Holla
From: Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
Keywords:
 

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