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Shaken Wisdom
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In her focus on irony and meaning in postcolonial African fiction, Gloria Nne Onyeoziri refers to an internal subversion of the discourse of the wise and the powerful, a practice that has played multiple roles in the circulation of knowledge, authority, and opinion within African communities; in the interpretation of colonial and postcolonial experience; and in the ongoing resistance to tyrannies in African societies. But irony is always reversible and may be used to question the oppressed as well as the oppressor, shaking all presumptions of wisdom. Although the author cites numerous African writers, she selects six works by Chinua Achebe, Ahmadou Kourouma, and Calixthe Beyala for her primary analysis.

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Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter One: From Rhetoric to Semantics
  2. pp. 23-46
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  1. Chapter Two: Interpreting Irony
  2. pp. 47-64
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  1. Chapter Three: Pragmatics and Ahmadou Kourouma’s (Post)colonial State
  2. pp. 65-85
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  1. Chapter Four: Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God and the Pragmatics of Proverbial Irony
  2. pp. 86-113
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  1. Chapter Five: Calixthe Beyala: New Conceptions of the Ironic Voice
  2. pp. 114-142
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  1. Conclusion: When the Handshake Has Become Another Thing
  2. pp. 143-150
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 151-162
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  1. References
  2. pp. 163-170
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 171-178
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