Project Title: Editing a critical anthology titled "Emerging Perspectives on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie."
Faculty Sponsor: Ernest Emenyonu
Department: Africana Studies
Project Description: The goal of this project is to edit a critical anthology which will serve as a handbook and guide for teachers and students involved in the study of one of the world's most popular writers of the 21st century. At 37, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won some of the most prestigious literary prizes on both sides of the Atlantic. They include the US National Book Critics Circle award, the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, the Hurston/ Wright Legacy Award, The Orange Prize, People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year , among others. She is also a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Author of three best-selling novels, a collection of short stories and scores of short stories which have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories and the Financial Times, her work has been translated into thirty languages, with her classic novel, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN, recently made into a movie. Her works are required reading for courses across disciplines at UM-Flint as well as in high schools, colleges and universities the world over. She is the UM-Flint/Flint Public Library 'Renowned African Writers Visitor' for 2014 and will be visiting the Campus, September 24-26, 2014.
The proposed critical anthology will serve as a teacher's handbook and student guide in the teaching and study of her works needed because her works deal with diverse multicultural themes, allegories, and cultural nuances which require some elucidation for high impacts and understanding. The anthology will consist of scholarly articles by eminent literary scholars in the field. I will collect, select, edit (with a comprehensive introduction) the volume to facilitate the teaching and study of this star author's work not only at the University of Michigan-Flint but in schools and colleges on both sides of the Atlantic. It will fill an important gap in the teaching and learning of contemporary multicultural literature which is the focus of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's fiction especially her most recent work, AMERICANAH--'an inter generational epic' encompassing 'a rich tapestry of Nigerian and American life.'
Student Tasks & Responsibilities: The student assistant will be responsible for receiving submissions from scholars and maintaining essential contact such as acknowledgment of correspondence and materials received. He/she will also assemble, collate and classify articles and papers received for the anthology. Where necessary, the student assistant will verify sources and references that require certification or further investigation. Finally, the student assistant will do some typing when required as well as basic proof-reading, photocopying and filing of relevant articles.
Minimum Student Qualifications: The student assistant should possess computer skills, typing with accuracy at a reasonable speed/pace, knowledge of photocopying, use of fax machines and be good at receiving and answering calls when necessary. Previous experience as a research assistant will be preferred.