Biafra and Nigerian Identity Formation in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun (2006)

  • Maximilian Feldner
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) is a historical novel dealing with the Biafran War and constitutes a literary work of symbolic national identity formation. This chapter investigates Adichie’s storytelling methods to establish the ways in which her novel symbolically contributes to a collective Nigerian identity. She tells a story of the Biafran War from a Nigerian/Biafran perspective and thus performs a literary remapping of the country’s history. The narrative importance of the characters allows a reading of the novel both in terms of national allegory and as a realistic account of people affected by war.


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  • Maximilian Feldner
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  1. 1.University of GrazGrazAustria

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