A critical analysis of Helon Habila’s waiting for an angel: a postcolonial perspective

Isyaku, Hassan and Mohd Nazri, Latiff Azmi and Habibu Awais, Abubakar (2020) A critical analysis of Helon Habila’s waiting for an angel: a postcolonial perspective. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (13). pp. 2787-2790. ISSN 2394-5125

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In essence, this paper seeks to read Helon Habila’s Waiting for an Angel more as the material product of the postcolonial period and a particular cultural context. Thus, the paper adopts the postcolonial theory through which African writers such as Habila strive to question the postcolonial realities in African societies. This style of African writing is called “new realism, apparently, in recognition of a wave of the verisimilar portrayal of poverty, disillusionment, misgovernance, and political ineptitude in African literature, within the context of a postcolonial Africa. The paper concludes that although Africans rejoice their newly-won independence from the colonizer, still they experience a new sort of misfortune and adversity, a form of reality following colonialism, in the hands of African leaders. This novel Waiting for an Angel illustrates the concrete repulsions of postcolonial Nigeria in a substandard sketch of the daily realities. The disgraceful and desperate image represented in the text indicates the depressed human spirit wanting and expecting an angel of freedom.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Postcolonialism, African writers, disillusionment, Angel of freedom
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculty of Languages & Communication
Depositing User: Fatin Safura
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2022 04:47
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2022 04:47
URI: http://eprints.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/7438

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