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Second-Generation Nigerians in England: Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl (2005) and the Negative Experience of Hybridity

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

Abstract

Several novels of the Nigerian diaspora revolve around the experiences of children who have to negotiate their hybrid identities that result from both British and Nigerian cultural influences, hybrid identities that are experienced as negative and accompanied by psychological problems. Discussing Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl (2005), this chapter charts the young protagonist’s attempts to come to terms with the various racial and continental influences that she is exposed to. The novel itself is an example of hybrid literature, elaborately layered and informed by a mixture of English and Nigerian cultural references and employing different discourses, including Western psychology, Yoruba folk traditions, and postcolonial ghost stories.

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  • Maximilian Feldner
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  1. 1.University of GrazGrazAustria

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