Achebe's Things Fall Apart: A Quest For Balance
Black Mountain Institute Fellow Dr. Okey Ndibe will examine Things Fall Apart from the perspective of the Igbo ideal of balance as a central principle of social organization and individual conduct. This quest for balance demands a certain complementarity between male and female, and finds expression in the proverbial Igbo expression, much invoked by Achebe: "Wherever one thing stands, another thing must stand beside it." The statement informs every aspect of Achebe's novel, and articulates a profoundly protean and multiple worldview. It also represents Achebe's critique and ultimate disquiet with Europe's imperial mission in Africa, founded on Europe's sense of ideological singularity and racial superiority.
This event is free and open to the public.
Great Works Academic Certificate and UNLV World Literature Program