This essay examines violence against women in two recent African novels and the way the protagonists turn to the hibiscus as a meditative symbol which ameliorates the memory of torture.
|Keywords:||Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, Vera, Yvonne, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Hibiscus, Environmental Justice, Women's Rights, Violence|
Jonathan Highfield is an Associate Professor of English at Rhode Island School of Design, where he teaches a wide range of courses in colonial and postcolonial literatures. He received his BA from Transylvania University and his MA and PhD from the University of Iowa. His publications include "The Dreaming Quipucamayoq: Myth and Landscape in Wilson Harris' The Dark Jester" in Atlantic Studies, October 2004; "Archaeology of Reconciliation: Ciaran Carson's Belfast Confetti and John Kindness's Belfast Frescoes" in Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Fall 2003; and "'Relief Data Unreliable': Mapping Amazonia" in Passages: Interdisciplinary Journal of Global Studies, Volume 2 Number 2, 2000. He spent 2001-2002 on a Fulbright Award in Ghana.
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