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Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Olajumoke Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria in 1984 and moved to Britain when she was four. She wrote her debut novel The Icarus Girl (2005) at the age of seventeen, while studying for her A-levels. Two plays, Juniper’s Whitening and Victimese (2005) soon followed, as well as a second novel, The Opposite House (2007), all of which she wrote while studying Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Her third novel, White Is for Witching or Pie-Kah (2009), won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award. Mr. Fox (2010), which won the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, offers a feminist revision of the Bluebeard myth. Her latest novel, ​Boy, Snow, Bird​ (2014), is a racial narrative loosely based on Snow White.

Bibliography

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Benson, Mary Margaret. Rev. of The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi. Library Journal 132.8 (2007): 73-74. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Beresford, Lucy. “A Magical Cross-Cultural Journey.” The Daily Telegraph 31 May 2007. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Berman, Judy. “Book of the Week: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi.” Flavorwire, 5 Mar. 2014, www.flavorwire.com/442811/book-of-the-week-boy-snow-bird-by-helen-oyeyemi. Accessed 9 July 2020.

Black Hole Books. “No Fairy Tale: Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird.Medium, 6 Sep. 2016, www.medium.com/@BlackHoleBooks/no-fairy-tale-helen-oyeyemis-boy-snow-bird-9009f396845e. Accessed 9 July 2020.

Brown, Helen. “A Writer’s Life: Helen Oyeyemi.” The Daily Telegraph 9 Jan. 2005. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Bryce, Jane. “‘Half and Half Children’: Third-Generation Women Writers and the New Nigerian Novel.” Research in African Literatures 39.2 (2008): 49-67. Print.

Charles, Ron. “Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi.” The Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2014.

Chee, Alexander. “An Interview With Helen Oyeyemi: “Nothing Happens Without My Teapots.” BuzzFeed, 10 Mar. 2014, www.buzzfeed.com/alexanderchee/an-interviews-with-helen-oyeyemi-nothing-happens-without-my. Accessed 9 July 2020.

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Clark, Alex. “Helen Oyeyemi Plays with Myth and Fairytale.” Review of Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi. The Guardian, 22 Mar. 2014

Clark, Candida. Rev. of The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi. Financial Times 25 May 2007. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Clark, Nick. “Bluebeard’s Muse.” Rev. of Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi. The Cascadia Subduction Zone Jan. 2012. Web. 1 June 2015.  <http://thecsz.com/past-issues/csz-v2-n1-2012.pdf>

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—."Diaspora, gender and identity:Twinning in three diasporic novels."English Academy Reviewvol. 25, no. 1, 2008, pp. 51-65.

—. “The Middle Passage of the Gods and the New Diaspora: Helen Oyeyemi’s The Opposite House.Research in African Literatures 40.4 (2009): 108-121.

Cousins, Helen. “Unplaced/Invaded: Multiculturalism in Helen Oyeyemi’s The Opposite House.” Postcolonial Text 7.3 (2012): 1-16. Web.

—. “Helen Oyeyemi and the Yoruba Gothic: White Is for Witching.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 47.1 (2012): 47-58. Print.

Crispin, Jessa. “Sex, Love and Murder in Mr. Fox.” Rev. of Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi.  Kirkus Reviews 4 Oct. 2011. Web. 2 April 2013.

Cuder-Dominguez, Pilar. “Double Consciousness in the Work of Helen Oyeyemi and Diana Evans.” 20.3 (2009): 277-286. Print.

Daniel, Lucy. Rev. of Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi. Telegraph​, 22 June 2011, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/8579196/Mr-Fox-by-Helen-Oyeyemi-review.html. Accessed June 2015.

Derks, Jackielee. “Snow White Remixed: Confronting Aesthetic Obsession and Race in Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird.” Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric, 2017, vol.7, nos. 2/3, pp. 139- 148. Masader, www.contemporaryrhetoric.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Derks7_2_3_11.pdf. Accessed 9 July 2020.

Diamond, Jason. “Flavorwire Interview: Boy, Snow, Bird Author Helen Oyeyemi on Fairy Tales and Feminists with Flawless Prose,” Flavorwire, 7 Mar 2014, https://www.flavorwire.com/443678/flavorwire-interview-boy-snow-bird-author-helen-oyeyemi-on-fairy-tales-and-feminists-with-flawless-prose. Accessed 9 July 2020.

Driscoll, Molly. “Helen Oyeyemi Takes on a New Fairytale in Boy, Snow, Bird: Boy, Snow, Bird Is a Take On the Snow White Legend.” The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Mar. 2014, www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2014/0314/Helen-Oyeyemi-takes-on-a-new-fairy-tale-in-Boy-Snow-Bird. Accessed 9 July 2020.

Downer, Lesley. “The Playdate From Hell.” Rev. of The Icarus Girl, by Helen Oyeyemi.  New York Times 17 July 2005. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Fried, Kerry. “A Writer Spars with his Muse.” Rev. of Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi. Washington Post 25 Oct. 2011. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Guerrero, Paula Barba. “Fairy-Tale Reflections: Space and Women Host(age)s in Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird.” Contemporary Fairy-Tale Magic: Subverting Gender and Genre, edited by Lydia Brugué and Auba Llompart. Rodopi, 2020, pp. 32-43.

Guidarini, Lisa. Rev. of The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi. BluesTalking 3 July 2007. Web. 7 Feb. 2013.

Harris Satkunananthan, Anita. "Textual Transgressions and Consuming the Self in the Fiction of Helen Oyeyemi and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie." Hecate, vol. 37, no. 2, 2011, pp. 41-69.

Harrison, Niall. Rev. of The Opposite House by Helen Oyeyemi. Strange Horizons 31 July 2007. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Harrison, Nial. “Throwing Voices and Observing Transformations: An Interview with Helen Oyeyemi by Nial Harrison.” Strange Horizons, 2013, www.trangehorizons.com/non-fiction/articles/throwing-voices-and-observing-transformations-an-interview-with-helen-oyeyemi/. Accessed 9 July 2020.

“Helen Oyeyemi’s Twisted Fairy Tales.” France 24. 22 Nov. 2011. Radio.

Heminsley, Alex. “Introducing… Helen Oyeyemi, Author.” The Guardian 9 Jan. 2005. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Hewett, Heather. “Between Worlds.” Washington Post 3 July 2005. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Hoggard, Liz. “Helen Oyeyemi: 'I'm interested in the way women disappoint one another'” Guardian 2 Mar. 2014. Web. 1 June 2015. <http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/02/helen-oyeyemi-women-disappoint-one-another>

Jays, David. “That’s the Spirit.” The Guardian 20 May 2007. Accessed 7 Sept. 2012.

Jordan, Justine. Rev. of Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi. Guardian 11 June 2011. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Kodjo-Grandvaux, Séverine. “Livres… Et il est comment le dernier: Helen Oyeyemi.” Jeune afrique 16 May 2013. Accessed 7 Sept. 2012.

Kurashige, Megan. “A Conversation with Helen Oyeyemi.” Fantasy Matters 27 Sept. 2011. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Kyzer, Larissa. “A Lady Killer and His Unamused Muse.” Rev. of Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi. The Second Pass 11 Nov. 2011. Accessed 2 April 2013.

Lamprecht, Ingrid. Rev. of The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi. Socialist Review, June 2007. Accessed 7 Sept. 2012.

Lau, Kimberly J. “Snow White and the Trickster: Race and Genre in Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird.’" Western Folklore, vol. 75, no. 3-4, 2016, pp. 371-396.

Lee, Felicia R. “Conjuring an Imaginary Friend in the Search for an Authentic Self.” New York Times 21 June 2005. Accessed 7 Sept. 2012.

Machell, Ben. “Helen Oyeyemi: yet Another Brilliant Outing.” Rev. of White Is for Whitching, by Helen Oyeyemi. Weekly Trust 20 Nov. 2010. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Mafe, Diana Adesola. “Ghostly Girls in the ‘Eerie Bush’: Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl as Postcolonial Female Gothic Fiction.” Research in African Literatures. 43.3 (2012): 21-35. Web. 2 Nov. 2012.

Masters, Alexandra. “Helen Oyeyemi. Free Spirit.” New Books Magazine. 3 June 2011. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Mayer, Andre. “Memory Game.” Rev. of The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi. Toronto Life 23 Oct. 2007. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

McClements, Melissa. Rev. of Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi. Financial Times 3 June 2011. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.Mellas, Tessa. Rev. of Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi. Short Review n.d. Web. 1 June 2015. <http://www.theshortreview.com/reviews/HelenOyeyemiMrFox.htm>

Michel, Martin. Rev. of The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi. National Public Radio 26 June 2007. Web. 7 Sept.2012.

“Mr. Fox.” Rev. of Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi. Kirkus Reviews 79.17 (2011): 1522-1523. Web. 2 April 2013.

Ness, Patrick. “Twinned with a Tyrant.”  Rev. of The Icarus Girl, by Helen Oyeyemi. The Daily Telegraph 30 Jan. 2005. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Nudson, Rae. “Helen Oyeyemi on Gingerbread, Fairy Tales, and What Self-Branding Is Doing to Childhood.” Longreads, March 2019. www.longreads.com/2019/03/06/interview-with-helen-oyeyemi/. Accessed 9 July 2020.

O’Grady, Carrie. “Pale Tale.” Rev. of White Is for Whitching, by Helen Oyeyemi. The Guardian 20 June 2009. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

O’Grady, Megan. “The Fantastic and Mr. Fox: Helen Oyeyemi on her New Folktale-Inspired Novel.” Vogue 28 Sept. 2011. Web. 7 Sept.

Ositelu, Olutola. Rev. of The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi. African Writing. N.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2012.

Oyeyemi, Helen. Boy, Snow, Bird. Riverhead Books, 2014.

—. “Diary.” New Statesman. 8 May 2006. Web. 10 Sept. 2012.

—. “Emily Dickinson by Helen Oyeyemi.” The Guardian, 4 June 2011a.

—. “Entretiens d’Helen Oyeyemi par Denise Coussy.” Interview with Denise Coussy. Cultures sud. N.d. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

—. “Helen Gives an Overview of the Book [Mr. Fox].” Red Room. N.d. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

—.  “Home, Strange Home.” The Guardian, 2 Feb. 2005.

—. Interviewed by Ben Machell. “Helen Oyeyemi: The Times Interview.” The Times Books, 23 May 2009, www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/books/article2454862.ece. 

—. Interview with Patricia Armion. La Clé Des Langues 8 June 2012. Web. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

—. Interview with Gráinne Lyons. Aesthetica Magazine 7 Sept. 2007. Web. 2 Nov. 2012.

—. Interview with Nadine O’Regan. Nadine O’Regan Wordpress. 9 June 2009. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

—. Interview with Sowore Omoyele. Elendu Reports 27 Aug. 2005. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

—. “I Didn’t Know I was Writing a Novel.” Interview with Anita Sethi. The Guardian 10 Jan. 2005. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

—. Mr. Fox. New York: Riverhead Books, 2011. Print.

—.  “Of Human Bondage.” The Guardian, 2 Aug. 2008.

—. “Once upon a Life: Helen Oyeyemi.” The Guardian 26 June 2011b. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

—. Pie-Kah [White Is for Witching]. Picador UK, 2009.

—. “Reinventing the Haunted House.” Interview with Neelanjana Banerjee. Fiction Writers Review 16 March 2010. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

—. The Icarus Girl. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005. Print.

—. The Opposite House. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. 2007. Print.

—. “Time of my Life.” The Daily Telegraph 16 Nov. 2008. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

—. ​What is Not Yours is Not Yours. Riverhead, 2016.

—. White Is for Witching. Picador USA, 2009.

Pignal, Stanley. “Small Talk: Helen Oyeyemi.” Financial Times 11 May 2007. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Quint, Jillian. “Helen Oyeyemi: A Talented Young Author Pens a Fractured Fairy Tale.” Bookpage, March 2014, www.bookpage.com/interviews/16250-helen-oyeyemi-fiction#.XtvkZy9Y5QI. Accessed 9 July 2020.

Raheem, Samir. “An Exchange of Identity Crises.” Rev. of The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi. The Daily Telegraph 17 May 2007. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Robson, David. “The Young Visiter [sic].” Rev. of The Icarus Girl, by Helen Oyeyemi. The Daily Telegraph 30 Jan. 2005. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Sanchez, Alexander. “Bluebeard” versus Black British Women’s Writing: Criminal-authors, reader-detectives, and deadly plots in Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr. Fox." English Text Construction, vol. 13, no. 1, 2020, 1-21. doi: 10.1075/etc.00032.san

Sandstrom, Karen. “Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr. Fox Is a Strange and Smart Contradiction.” Cleveland Newspaper 5 Jan. 2012. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Satkunananthan, Anita Harris. “Textual Transgressions and Consuming the Self in the Fiction of Helen Oyeyemi and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.” Hecate, vol. 37, no. 2, 2011, pp. 41-69.

Sauerberg, Lars Ole: “Repositioning Narrative: The Late-Twentieth-Century Verse Novels of Vikram Seth, Derek Walcaott, Craig Raine, Anthony Burgess, and Bernardine Evaristo.” Orbis Literarum, vol. 59, 2004, pp. 439-64.

Sawyer, Andy. Rev. of Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi. Strange Horizons. n.p. 30 Sept. 2011. Web. 1 June 2015. <http://www.strangehorizons.com/reviews/2011/09/mr_fox_by_helen.shtml>

Sethi, Anita. Rev. of Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi. Guardian 13 May 2012. Web. 1 June 2015. <http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/may/13/mr-fox-helen-oyeyemi-review>

Shamsie, Kamila. “The Gods Go Abroad.” Rev. of The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi. The Guardian 12 May 2007. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Smith, Ali. “Double Trouble.” Rev. of The Icarus Girl, by Helen Oyeyemi.  The Guardian 22 Jan. 2005. Accessed 7 Sept. 2012.

Smith, Emily. “The Magic of Helen Oyeyemi’s Mirrors.” American Short Fiction, 9 Mar. 2014, americanshortfiction.org/new/magic-helen-oyeyemis-mirrors/. Accessed 9 July 2020.

Stouck, Jordan. “Abjecting Hybridity in Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl.” Ariel: A Review of International English Literature. 41.2 (2011): 89-112. Print.

Sutton, Joseph. “Foxy Lady.” Rev. of Mr. Fox, by Helen Oyeyemi. The Donnybrook Writing Academy 13 Jan. 2012. Web.

Tatar, Maria. “Mirrors and Webs: Fairy Tales, Cultural Memory and Trauma in Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird and Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys.” Book 2.0, vol. 7, no. 2, 2017, pp. 177-190.

Taylor, Isabel. “Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl: Review and Author’s Interview.” Albion Magazine 2005. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

“The Opposite House.” Publishers Weekly 254.15 (2007): 31-31. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Tredennick, Bianca. "'I think I am a monster': Helen Oyeyemi’s White Is for Witching and the Postmodern Gothic. Monsters and Monstrosity From the Fin de Siècle to the Millennium: New Essays, edited by Sharla Hutchison and Rebecca A. Brown. Jefferson McFarland, 2015. pp. 12-28.

Urduhat, James. Rev. of The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi. Financial Times 24 May 2008. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Wagner, Vit. “Young Author is a Class Act.” Rev. of The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi.  The Star 15 June 2007. Web. 7 Sept. 2012.

Wellington, Darryl Lorenzo. “Between East and West.” Rev. of The Opposite House, by Helen Oyeyemi. Washington Post, 15 July 2007. Accessed7 Sept. 2012.

Williams, Olatoun. “‘Boy, Snow, Bird’ by Helen Oyeyemi.” Review of Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi. Borders, 2014, pp. 1-4.

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