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Surveillance and Rebellion: A Foucauldian Reading of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus
Halmstad University, School of Humanities (HUM).
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In Purple Hibiscus, Adichie describes what happens in a family when one person, Papa Eugene, takes control and completely subjugates other family members to his wishes and demands. The author shows the dire consequences his actions have on his family but also how those actions ultimately lead to his own destruction.

This essay links the restrictions and abuse suffered by Kambili and her family to Michel Foucault’s theories on torture and surveillance as detailed in Discipline and Punish. Foucault’s theories are linked to Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon in order to further introduce the concept of surveillance. The essay describes the physical and psychological abuse suffered by the family and also details the surveillance and torture techniques used by Papa Eugene to stay in control. Moreover, it argues that power can be lost through applying too much control and by metering out punishment that is too harsh and it shows how such actions ultimately lead to rebellion. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 23 p.
Keyword [en]
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus, Surveillance, Discipline, Punishment, Torture, Rebellion, Internalization
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-23323OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-23323DiVA: diva2:639594
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English
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Available from: 2013-08-13 Created: 2013-08-08 Last updated: 2013-08-13Bibliographically approved

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