Hegemony in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies’s “Apollo”


  • S. P. Jenifer Gandhi Post-Graduation Student, Department of English, Lady Doak College Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India




Hegemony, Colonialism, Neo-colonialism, Education, Media


This paper tries to examine the operation and influence of hegemony in Adichie’s “Apollo”. Hegemony is closely linked with oppression of any kind. In “Apollo” the influence of hegemony is notable as the characters are affected by it invisibly and the characters are unaware of their oppressed/influenced state. As the characters are from Nigeria, a former colony, the aspects of colonialism and neo-colonialism are linked in the analysis of hegemony in this novel. The modes through which hegemony affects the characters are also discussed in this paper.


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How to Cite

Gandhi, S. P. J. (2020). Hegemony in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies’s “Apollo”. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 8(7), 247–254. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i7.10683