2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Patriarchy and Religion in Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus


Anna M. Shukis
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

The novel Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie examines issues of faith in the Nigerian historical and political context of the twentieth century. The novel portrays the young protagonist, Kambili’s complicated and complex relationship with her father, grandfather, and Father Amadi. Underpinning her relationship with these patriarchal figures are their defining religious convictions: Papa Eugene’s version of Catholicism, Papa Nnukwu’s Igbo beliefs, and Father Amadi’s modern, liberal religious attitude, respectively. Through a feminist lens, this paper will analyze the role of religion in shaping Kambili’s inner sense of self-identity.

Keywords: Adichie, Feminist , Religion, Colonialism, Purple Hibiscus, Patriarchy

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 205-5
Location: BH 241
Time: 11:15

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