Buchi Emecheta

Buchi Emecheta (bōō´chē āməchā´tə), 1944–, Nigerian novelist, b. Lagos as Florence Onye Buchi Emecheta. In 1962 she accompanied her husband to England, where she had five children. After leaving her husband, she remained in England and wrote novels about the struggles of African women moving from traditional to modern roles in societies where men have little respect for them. Her first two novels, drawn from her own experiences, In the Ditch (1972) and Second Class Citizen (1974), were published together as Adah's Story (1983). Other novels are set in Nigeria and are highly critical of the treatment of African women. These include The Bride Price (1976), the ironically titled Joys of Motherhood (1979), The Family (1990), and Kehinde (1994). She also writes children's stories.

See her autobiography Head above Water (1986); studies by M. Umeh, ed. (1994), K. Fishburn (1995), and J. F. Uraizee (1999).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Reading Buchi Emecheta: Cross-Cultural Conversations
Katherine Fishburn.
Greenwood Press, 1995
Class, Culture, and the Colonial Context: The Status of Women in Buchi Emecheta's the Joys of Motherhood
Derrickson, Teresa.
International Fiction Review, Vol. 29, No. 1-2, January 2002
Contemporary Fiction
Jago Morrison.
Routledge, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "Rewriting Ethnicity in Buchi Emecheta's Fiction"
Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender
Florence Stratton.
Routledge, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "'Their New Sister': Buchi Emecheta and the Contemporary African Literary Tradition"
Gender in African Women's Writing: Identity, Sexuality, and Difference
Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi.
Indiana University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "(Re)Constructing Identity and Subjectivity: Buchi Emecheta, Ama Ata Aidoo, Tsitsi Dangarembga"
Postcolonial London: Rewriting the Metropolis
John McLeod.
Routledge, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Living Room: Buchi Emecheta, Joan Riley, and Grace Nichols"
Arms Akimbo: Africana Women in Contemporary Literature
Janice Lee Liddell; Yakini Belinda Kemp.
University Press of Florida, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Romantic Love and the Individual in Novels by Mariama Ba, Buchi Emecheta, and Bessie Head"
Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond
Marleen S. Barr.
University of North Carolina Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "Aliens, Airplanes, and Cultural Cross-Dressing: Reading Buchi Emecheta, Haruki Murakami, and Paul Theroux"
Undercurrents of Mammy Wata Symbolism in Buchi Emecheta's the Joys of Motherhood
Friedli-Clapie, Lisa.
West Virginia University Philological Papers, Vol. 51, Fall 2005
Authenticity and the Geography of Empire: Reading Gaskell with Emecheta
Lesjak, Carolyn.
Studies in the Literary Imagination, Vol. 35, No. 2, Fall 2002
Great World Writers: Twentieth Century
Patrick M. O'Neil.
Marshall Cavendish, vol.3, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Buchi Emecheta" p. 309-318
Modern British Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide
Vicki K. Janik; Del Ivan Janik.
Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Buchi Emecheta begins on p. 113
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