Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

I’m in the middle of reading Chimamanda Adichi’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun as part of an attempt to read one piece of contemporary literature from every country. (important word there: attempt. I love to read, but know that the world is a big place. Think of it more like a life-long intention.)

This is a clear and on-point talk by her on the danger of a “single story”–how it affects our sense of self, our sense of the world, our choices about public policy. She articulates complex concepts in media literacy, literature and writing, race studies and eurocentrism in concise ways–a great teaching tool for intro courses on these topics.


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