Africa and India in the novels of Dai and Emecheta

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CLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture, ISSN: 1481-4374, Vol: 14, Issue: 2

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Nath, Debarshi Prasad; Dutta, Juri
Purdue University (bepress)
Social Sciences; Arts and Humanities; Comparative Literature; Critical and Cultural Studies; comparative literature, postcolonial and colonial studies
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In their article "Africa and India in the Novels of Dai and Emecheta" Debarshi Prasad Nath and Juri Dutta discusses the work of two writers belonging to different continents, India and Nigeria. Interestingly, the novels of the two writers Dutta is analyzing - Lummer Dai and Buchi Emecheta - never heard of each other. Both novels are based on the custom of bride price, both writers speak out against the stifling rigidity of traditional customs, and uphold aspects of modernity in languages other than their native tongues. At the same time, both writers affirm the sanctity of the traditional institutions and customs. Emecheta relates her novel through the woman's voice and describes the limited choices available for her protagonist against the overarching presence of the traditional institutions. Dai's novel, on the other hand, presents a more optimistic picture regarding the possibility of change through his protagonist who successfully overcomes the immediate obstacles on her way to self-fulfillment. © Purdue University.