Acculturation Processes in First and Second Generation Female Characters from 'Americanah' and 'White Teeth'

Irina Postelnicu

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This synopsis aims to analyse how immigrants acculturate successfully between adopting and retaining elements from the heritage and receiving culture. The focus is on two female first and second generation immigrant characters from Zadie Smith’s White Teeth (2000) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah (2013). Irie, from the first book, lives in London and is a second generation immigrant born of a Jamaican mother and a British father. From the second novel, Ifemelu is a Nigerian woman who lives in her home country until her late teens and afterwards decides to move to America to study university there. The books debate, among others, such notions as: identity, immigration and acculturation. The character’s different life realities give a pathway to a rich comparative analysis of various acculturation processes.

UddannelserEngelsk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato21 jan. 2015
VejledereTore Elias Harsløf Holst


  • Americanah
  • first and second generation immigrants
  • Bhabha
  • mimicry
  • White Teeth
  • postcolonial studies
  • Zadie Smith
  • acculturation