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Stylistic Approaches to Nigerian Fiction

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Daria Tunca
    Pages 1-5
  3. Daria Tunca
    Pages 6-25
  4. Daria Tunca
    Pages 26-63
  5. Daria Tunca
    Pages 64-99
  6. Daria Tunca
    Pages 100-121
  7. Daria Tunca
    Pages 122-145
  8. Daria Tunca
    Pages 146-174
  9. Daria Tunca
    Pages 175-178
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 179-203

About this book


Drawing on the discipline of stylistics, this book introduces a series of methodological tools and applies them to works by well-known Nigerian writers, including Abani, Adichie and Okri. In doing so, it demonstrates how attention to form fosters understanding of content in their work, as well as in African and postcolonial literatures more widely.


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About the authors

Daria Tunca works in the English Department of the University of Liège, Belgium. Her research focuses on stylistic approaches to African literatures, with a particular emphasis on contemporary Nigerian fiction.

Bibliographic information


“It provides exactly the kind of methodological linguistic readings that scholars interested in African literature, postcolonial studies and literary criticism in general will find enriching and a useful supplement to … existing literary interpretations. Tunca’s combination of humour and pithy directness makes her book eminently readable, as well as being an informative and provocative intervention into Nigerian literary criticism.” (David Firth, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 2015)

"In discussing writers who belong to the 'post-Achebean' generation of Nigerian writing from the perspective of what its author terms 'African stylistics', Stylistic Approaches to Nigerian Fiction fills a notable gap in research. This book is distinguished by the author's concern to relate stylistic analysis to social and cultural specificities, by her exemplary exposition of the theories to which she has recourse, and by an eloquent lightness of touch that makes reading her work a pleasure. Stylistic Approaches to Nigerian Fiction deserves recognition in the wider field of post-colonial writing." Professor Geoffrey Davis, RWTH Aachen University, Germany