Week 4 – Ashcroft (1st Ed.); Named for Victoria, Queen of England; Chinua Achebe

Most striking to me about this reflection is Achebe’s opening description of his name.  He was baptized a Christian with an English name in his West African home (not sure of the country, perhaps Nigeria).  Early in college he discards his name and assumes an African name, to ‘drop the tribute to Victorian England’.  (190)  He then discusses literature, both of English and indigenous descent.  The end of the reflection has him ruminating on his vocation as writer, which he acknowledges came from Europeans.  Ironic, eh? By no means is this a criticism, nor am I of the thought that Achebe is looking a gift horse in the mouth.  I find it intriguing that his very vocation has come about from the peoples in whom he was named after.  Such is hybridity, I suppose.

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~ by Brian Shope on October 19, 2007.

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