COD 2023 - D458

Webinar - Adichie's Purple Hibiscus: IGCSE 2023-2024

IGCSE level Literature teachers and Literature teachers in general

1 sessions, start: 26-Apr

Course detail

Year: 2023
Level: Distance
Language: English
Status: Ended
Lugar: Distance
Facilitator/s: Mr. Leonardo Andrés Pantaleo
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Sessions Dates Start Finish
1 26 April 2023 06:00 pm 07:30 pm


Leonardo Andrés Pantaleo

Leonardo graduated from the University of La Plata as a Teacher of English Language and Literature. He is doing his MA degree in Literary Studies at UBA. He has worked as a Teaching Assistant in Contemporary English Literature for two years and one in English Culture and Civilization at UNLP. He has participated in several academic conferences. For the past fifteen years, he has taught ESL and FLE classes for IGCSE and AS/A English Language and Literature in English at Patris Bilingual School, City Bell, and he has prepared IB candidates at St. George's, Quilmes and at Southern International School. For the past three years, he has developed digital material for an online educational platform.
IGCSE level Literature teachers and Literature teachers in general
- To introduce the context of production and the relation of the novel with other texts: Things Fall Apart, Nervous Conditions and Half of a Yellow Sun.
- To provide IGCSE literature teachers with useful tools for the analysis of the novel marked by (pos)colonialism and feminism.
- To discuss possible ways of facilitating students' reading and interpretations of the text.
- To share ways of approaching the text in class with engaging activities.
- To reflect upon the importance of cultural awareness.
- Political unrest and ethnic tension in the novel.
- The role of Catholicism and its imagery.
- African Women’s fight for emancipation: A struggle shared by characters and female writers.
- “Body writing”: violence in the private domestic sphere and the public postcolonial state.
- Symbolism in the novel: Palm, Figurines and Hibiscus.
- Intertextual connections: Adichie’s first novel and her place in African literature.
- Presentation and discussion of how to deal with the novel's issues.
- Participants will be presented with material to arouse students' interest and to facilitate their understanding of the novel.
- Discussion of possible ways to enhance students’ production for IGCSE Literature examinations.
- IGCSE syllabus and material available on

- Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Purple Hibiscus. Harper-Collins E-books. Fourth State, London.

- Corneliussen, Eva. Breaking the Silence: The influence of Class, Culture and Colonisation on African Women’s Fight for Emancipation and Equality in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions and Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus. Master’s Thesis in English Literature. Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, University of Tromsø, 2012.

- Kaboré, André. The Symbolic Use of Palm, Figurines and Hibiscus in Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus. Horizon Research Publishing. Linguistics and Literature Studies 1(1): 32-36, 2013 DOI: 10.13189/lls.2013.010105

- Peters, Audrey. Issues of Personal and National Identity in Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus. The Allan Review, 2012. Volume 40, number 1.

- Sandwith, Corinne. Frailties of the Flesh: Observing the Body in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus. Indiana University Press. Research in African Literatures
Vol. 47, No. 1, 2016, pp. 95-108
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