Buchi Emecheta

Buchi Emecheta (bōō´chē āməchā´tə), 1944–2017, 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), Double Yoke (1983), The Family (1990), and Kehinde (1994). She also wrote children's stories.

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

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Buchi Emecheta: Selected full-text books and articles

Great World Writers: Twentieth Century By Patrick M. O'Neil Marshall Cavendish, vol.3, 2004
Naming, Agency, and Identity in Emecheta's the Family By Mhando, Lindah; Yenika-Agbaw, Vivian Making Connections, Vol. 14, No. 2, October 1, 2013
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Class, Culture, and the Colonial Context: The Status of Women in Buchi Emecheta's the Joys of Motherhood By Derrickson, Teresa International Fiction Review, Vol. 29, No. 1-2, January 2002
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Gender-Based Genre Conventions and the Critical Reception of Buchi Emecheta's Destination Biafra (Nigeria)/Geslagsgebaseerde Genrekonvensies En Die Kritiese Ontvangs Van Buchi Emecheta Se Destination Biafra (Nigerie) By Moji, Polo B Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism, comparative linguistics and literary studies, Vol. 35, No. 1, April 2014
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Contemporary African Literature and the Politics of Gender By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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"
Undercurrents of Mammy Wata Symbolism in Buchi Emecheta's the Joys of Motherhood By Friedli-Clapie, Lisa West Virginia University Philological Papers, Vol. 51, Fall 2005
Authenticity and the Geography of Empire: Reading Gaskell with Emecheta By Lesjak, Carolyn Studies in the Literary Imagination, Vol. 35, No. 2, Fall 2002
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