Nicole Dennis-Benn and Chinelo Okparanta Tell Their Own Stories | Literary Hub

Applying an eye to political correctness to personal stories in literature may not be good for literature in general. Nicole Dennis Benn and Chinelo Okparanta discuss weaving fiction into fact and critical fallout in this Literary Hub article:

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Nicole Dennis-Benn: In a 2015 Guardian article, author Taiye Selasi mentioned a review in which Nigerian author Helon Habila criticized NoViolet Bulawayo, author of We Need New Names, of “performing Africa,” or worse, perpetuating “poverty porn.” According to that Guardian article, a reader had reportedly accused you, Chinelo, of poverty porn based on a story from your collection Happiness, Like Water. What pressures, if any, do you feel to represent your country in your work?…

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Source: Nicole Dennis-Benn and Chinelo Okparanta Tell Their Own Stories | Literary Hub

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Author: conniejjasperson

Connie J. Jasperson lives in Olympia, Washington. A vegan, she and her husband share five children, a love of good food and great music. She is active in local writing groups, an editor for Myrddin Publishing Group, and is a writing coach. She is an active member of the both the Northwest Independent Writers Association and Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and is a founding member of Myrddin Publishing Group. Music and food dominate her waking moments. When not writing or blogging she can be found with her Kindle, reading avidly.

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