Helen Oyeyemi

Standard Name: Oyeyemi, Helen
HO is often considered with other writers known as third-generation Nigerian
Hron, Madelaine. “’Ora Na-Azu Nwa’: The Figure of the Child in Third-Generation Nigerian Novels”. Research in African Literatures, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 27-48.
or more generally with Black British writers. She gained very early acclaim and has been prolific, mainly working in the novel genre (with some drama and short fiction) in ways that are experimental in form and capacious in themes.


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Friends, Associates Ali Smith
Kasia Boddy , an academic collaborator with Smith and Wood, features quite prominently in the introduction to Smith's short-story collection The First Person—fittingly, given her academic specialization in the short story. AS also numbers...
Reception Bessie Head
Alice Walker has frequently mentioned BH as a vital influence on her writing.
Eilersen, Gillian Stead. Bessie Head. Wits University Press.
Many publications, both selections from and commentary on her writings, attest to her continuing influence. Helen Oyeyemi wrote an introduction to...
Textual Production Ali Smith
In August at the Edinburgh International Book Festival , three months before publication, AS stated her concern for the future of the public library system itself. As a narrative thread, she collected personal oral library...


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Oyeyemi, Helen. Boy, Snow, Bird. Picador, 2014.
Oyeyemi, Helen. Boy, Snow, Bird. Penguin Canada, 2014.
Oyeyemi, Helen. Juniper’s Whitening and Victimese. Methuen, 2005.
Oyeyemi, Helen. Mr Fox. Riverhead Books , 2011.
Oyeyemi, Helen. Mr Fox. Picador, 2011.
Oyeyemi, Helen. Once Upon a Life: Helen Oyeyemi. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/jun/26/helen-oyeyemi-once-upon-a-life.
Oyeyemi, Helen. The Icarus Girl. Bloomsbury, 2005.
Oyeyemi, Helen. The Opposite House. Penguin, 2007.
Oyeyemi, Helen. What is Not Yours is Not Yours. Stories. Pan Macmillan, 2016.
Oyeyemi, Helen. What is Not Yours is Not Yours: Stories. Riverhead Books, 2016.
Oyeyemi, Helen. White is for Witching. Doubleday, 2009.