PSYCHOPHYSICAL MOBILITIES IN CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE’S SHORT STORIES IN THE THING AROUND YOUR NECK

PSYCHOPHYSICAL MOBILITIES IN CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE’S SHORT STORIES IN THE THING AROUND YOUR NECK

Authors

  • Stephen Ese Kekeghe Department of English Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Nigeria

Keywords:

Mental mobility, Migrant literature, Literature and the mind

Abstract

Existing literary studies on mobility or migration focus mainly on physical journey with
a little reflection on the psychic dimension of the migrants’ relocation. In other words,
psychic voyage, which is a major constituent of travel literature, has, over the years, been
explored in Nigerian migrants’ or diasporic literature but scholars have not given it much
critical attention. Given the brevity of the short story, as a form of prose fiction, it has
been very remarkable in conveying the psychosocial manifestations of characters, and this
applies to migrants’ experiences. However, extant critical works on the short story, in
Nigeria, are postcolonial readings of different socio-political themes. For instance, works
that examine the theme of migration in Nigerian short stories focus mainly on social
episodes, with passive comments on the psychic reflection of the characters featured in
such stories. This article examines the appropriation of psychic and physical mobilities
in two short stories featured in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Thing Around Your
Neck, highlighting the interplay of mental and physical journeys as conveyed through
the characters’ imaginative consciousness. The examined short stories are: “The Thing
around Your Neck” and “One Monday Last Week.” Psychoanalysis is adopted as a theory
of the mind, to account for the streaming of the characters’ thoughts while imagining
the new world of their choice. The study argues that, the characters first of all embark on
imaginative voyage to the new settlements before the actual, physical mobility. In most
cases, as found in the texts, the imaginative romanticism of the new world turns out to be
an embittering reality to the migrants.

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Published

14-11-2022

How to Cite

Stephen Ese Kekeghe. (2022). PSYCHOPHYSICAL MOBILITIES IN CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE’S SHORT STORIES IN THE THING AROUND YOUR NECK. SOKOTO JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND LINGUISTICS (SJOLLL), 2(1), 65–74. Retrieved from https://sjolll.org.ng/index.php/sjolll/article/view/20
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