Fiction, Culture, and the Concept of a Person

  title={Fiction, Culture, and the Concept of a Person},
  author={Oritsegbubemi Anthony Oyowe},
  journal={Research in African Literatures},
  pages={46 - 62}
  • O. A. Oyowe
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology
  • Research in African Literatures
The idea that African discourse on the self evinces two distinct though related views of personhood (“metaphysical” and “normative”) has gained currency in recent years. Although both views are recognized, the normative view, rather than the metaphysical one, is held by many to be germane to African thought. I discuss an attempt by Ikuenobe to locate the normative view of personhood in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and to thereby glean support for it. I argue that Achebe’s fiction is mute… Expand
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