Investigating Hybridity in “AMERICANAH” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Sarah Shamshad National College of Business Administration & Economics (NCBAE), Multan, Pakistan
  • Asad Ali Hashmi National College of Business Administration & Economics (NCBAE), Multan, Pakistan
Keywords: Hybridity, cultural, Americanah, Homi.K.Bhabha, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, mimicry, third world, Post-colonial, Ambivalence, Identity crisis, Homi Bhaba


Mixing of cultures is common in the contemporary world and this phenomenon causes cultural, racial, and linguistic hybridity. Hybridity affects human beings. Migrants confront abusive behavior due to cultural hybridity. Hence, the concept of cultural hybridity is explored in this article. This study analyzes the novel "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, through the lens of the ‘Theory of Hybridity’ presented by Homi. K. Bhabha. The analyzed novel is about an Afro-American, Ifemelu, who feels hesitant to adopt both cultures. The current study displays Ifemelu’s dilemma of choosing between her friends or lover in America. It is a descriptive and text-based study and makes an attempt to answer how cultural hybridity affects the protagonist’s life. The conclusion sums up that Ifemelu’s character suffers from identity crisis and marginalization due to cultural hybridity. The study verifies the negative effects of cultural hybridity that are the core assertion of the theory of Bhabha.

Keywords: Hybridity, mimicry, third world, Post-colonial, ambivalence, Identity crisis, Homi Bhaba


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How to Cite
Shamshad, S., & Hashmi, A. A. (2022). Investigating Hybridity in “AMERICANAH” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Linguistics and Literature Review, 8(2).