Black Identity in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Novel AmericanahNika Vaupotič
, 2018, master's thesis
Abstract: The thesis analysed the formation of black identity in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah (2013). It aimed to uncover whether it is possible to talk about black identity, how it is formed and what influences its formation. It primarily explored how the author presented the formation of black identity in the protagonist of the novel through factors such as race, racism and racial terminology, body image, skin, hair and hair salons. In conducting the analysis of the problem, various critical approaches have been used, such as close reading of the text, formalist and stylistic analyses, review of literature and scholarly articles about the author and black identity, and the biographical method, followed by an evaluation and comprehensive interpretation of the topic in the scope of historical, social and linguistic contexts. Based on the examples presented, it appeared that exposure to various forms of racism, racial discrimination and marginalization, primarily connected to visual appearance, social position, treatment and opportunities (e.g., lighter skin and straighter hair improve one’s job prospects), led the protagonist to discover the meaning of being black in America. Thus, the research showed that the formation of black identity is influenced by the environment in which one lives and the social attitudes to which one is exposed.
Keywords: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah, African American hair, African American literature, blackness, black identity, race, racism
Published in DKUM: 25.09.2018; Views: 726; Downloads: 142
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Problems in translating musical elements in African American poetry after 1950Kristina Kočan
, 2009, original scientific article
Abstract: In most cases, African American poetry eschews traditional literary norms. Contemporary African American poets tend to ignore grammatical rules, use unusual typography on many occasions, include much of their cultural heritage in their poetry, and interweave musical elements into literary genres. The influence of such musical genres as jazz, blues, soul, and gospel, together with the dilemmas that occur for the translator, will be shown to great extent, since music, like black speech, is a major part of African American culture and literature. The translator will have to maintain the specific African American rhythm, blues adaptations and the improvisational language under the jazz impact. The paper presents the problems in translating post-1950 African American poetry into Slovene, and asks to what extent can one successfully transfer the musical elements within this poetry for the target culture? Inevitably, it will identify a share of elements that are lost in translation.
Keywords: American literature, American poetry, African American poetry, jazz, blues, soul, gospel, translation, source culture, target culture
Published in DKUM: 16.05.2017; Views: 737; Downloads: 332
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POSTMODERN SLAVE NARRATIVENina Rošer
, 2013, undergraduate thesis
Abstract: The aim of this diploma is to show the development and characteristics of slave narratives by analysing the novel Beloved by Toni Morrison and Quentin Tarantino’s film Django Unchained. The aim is also to show the impact that African-American history (particularly slavery) has had on African American literature. Slavery is one of the main themes of African American writers, particularly in the 18th century; however, it is also an important subject of modern literature and writers. One of those is Toni Morrison, who is a literary voice of slave literature and whose work seeks to shed a light on the problems of African American people. For this purpose the novel Beloved is discussed. The book is a narration of the traumatic experience of slavery. In the same way, directors try to keep the memory of slavery alive in their films. One of those is Quentin Tarantino, who directed the latest film about slavery Django Unchained.
Keywords: Slavery, African American Literature, Slave Narrative, Neo-slave Narrative, Toni Morrison, Beloved, Django Unchained
Published in DKUM: 08.07.2013; Views: 2038; Downloads: 133
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African LiteratureDenis Recek
, 2011, undergraduate thesis
Abstract: The topic of this diploma is the formation and shaping of African literature. The first chapter is about the beginning of African literature. It describes oral literature and its transmission into written literature. Written African literature had great problems in becoming a part of world literature because of its diversity of languages and dialects. Christianity and Islam are mentioned as two religions which had a great impact on African literature. Colonialism is broadly described as an essential factor in the development of African literature. The second chapter is an analysis of a famous novel written by Alan Paton entitled Cry the Beloved Country. It speaks of a parson searching for his son in a big city. During this search there are many descriptions of the circumstances people live and their relationships. I compared the novel to a recent movie about aliens that are imprisoned in a concentration camp entitled District 9.
Keywords: African literature, Colonialism, aliens, Johannesburg, exploitation
Published in DKUM: 05.09.2011; Views: 2319; Downloads: 116
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