oa Lagos Notes and Records - Language, identity and the black diaspora: Isidore Okpewho's "Call Me By My Rightful Name"
|Article Title||Language, identity and the black diaspora: Isidore Okpewho's "Call Me By My Rightful Name"|
|© Publisher:||University of Lagos, Nigeria|
|Journal||Lagos Notes and Records|
|Affiliations||1 Department of English, University of Lagos|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||159 - 191|
|Keyword(s)||African-American arrivistes, Homo sapiens, Human speech, Morality, Multi-religious, Multicultural, Origins oflanguage, Primates, Social conduct and Xenophobic|
This paper uses Okpewho's tour-de-force, ""Call me by my rightful name"" to explore the dynamics of language vis-a-vis identity (or more accurately, identities) and the crucial issue of diasporality. It examines how Okpewho charts the fate of the black man from the dawn of consciousness through the dark past of slavery and the Slave Trade to the present time, showing the role of memory, the stubborn tenacity of the oral tradition and the contested nature of the concept of the Self.
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