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The Thing Around Your Neck: Introduction
The Thing Around Your Neck: Plot Summary
The Thing Around Your Neck: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Thing Around Your Neck: Themes
The Thing Around Your Neck: Quotes
The Thing Around Your Neck: Characters
The Thing Around Your Neck: Symbols
The Thing Around Your Neck: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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- Full Title: The Thing Around Your Neck
- When Written: Many of the stories in the collection had previously been published as standalone works or in other publications from 2003-2008.
- Where Written: United States and Nigeria
- When Published: April 2009
- Literary Period: Contemporary African Diaspora
- Genre: Short Story Sequence; Semi-autobiographical Fiction
- Setting: United States (Philadelphia, New York); Nigeria; South Africa
- Antagonist: Many of the stories' antagonists are some combination of colonialism, racism, and sexism. The characters also battle the corrupt Nigerian government and the American immigration system.
- Point of View: Various
Extra Credit for The Thing Around Your Neck
A Single Story. In 2009, Adichie gave a TED talk titled "The Danger of a Single Story," about underrepresentation and reducing complex people and conflicts to one single aspect. It's since become one of the most popular TED talks of all time, with over five million views.
Feminism and Beyoncé. Though Adichie has expressed disappointment when people suggest that Adichie owes her fame to Beyoncé (Beyoncé sampled one of Adichie's TED talks on feminism in her 2013 song "Flawless"), Adichie has consistently defended Beyoncé against critics claiming that Beyoncé isn't actually a feminist.