Before I Am Hanged: Ken Saro-Wiwa--Literature, Politics, and Dissent

Before I Am Hanged: Ken Saro-Wiwa--Literature, Politics, and Dissent

by Onookome Okome
     
 

ISBN-10: 0865437440

ISBN-13: 9780865437449

Pub. Date: 08/28/1999

Publisher: Africa World Press

This is a full-length study of Kenule Saro-Wiwa, the Ogoni Minority and Human Rights activist who was judicially murdered on November 10, 1995. One remarkable feature of the essays selected for this volume is the intensity of each contributor's voice to the very controversial man whose judicial murder has come to signify the extent of misrule in Nigeria." "Questions…  See more details below

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This is a full-length study of Kenule Saro-Wiwa, the Ogoni Minority and Human Rights activist who was judicially murdered on November 10, 1995. One remarkable feature of the essays selected for this volume is the intensity of each contributor's voice to the very controversial man whose judicial murder has come to signify the extent of misrule in Nigeria." "Questions of nationhood, ethnic minority and power politics in Nigeria are discussed as each contributor examines the corpus of his literary and political ideas, pointing out the direction of his thought and the enduring contribution this writer and social critics have left behind on Nigeria's literary and political arenas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865437449
Publisher:
Africa World Press
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1The Testament of A "Penful" Prisoner: Ken Saro-Wiwa's Literary Dialogue With The Prison1
2The Socio-Political Dimensions of Ken Saro-Wiwa's Activism17
3Ken Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy and The Logic of Minority Discourse25
4Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Trajectory of Minority Predicament in Nigeria37
5Social Conscience, Aesthetic Purpose, and The Dissenting Temper in The Farcical Plays of Ken Saro-Wiwa45
6The Gift of Voice: Ken Saro-Wiwa's Prisoners of Jebs as A Political Discourse63
7Aspect of Language in Ken Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English75
8A Metaphor of The Nigerian Situation: A Socio-Political Reading of Ken Saro-Wiwa's Prisoners of Jebs95
9On a Darkling Plain: The Darksome Lyric of An Outside107
10The Female Narrative And Ken Saro-Wiwa's Discourse on Change in A Forest of Flowers123
11Ethic Minorities and The Nigerian State: The Ogoni Struggle After Ken Saro-Wiwa137
12Direct Involvement and Personal Emotionalism: The War Poetry of Ken Saro-Wiwa153
13Ken Saro-Wiwa: Poetic Craft, Prophetic Calling175
14The Fictionalist As A Journalist: Literary Reportage in Ken Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy and A Forest of Flowers185
15The Fear of Colonization: Reading Ken Saro-Wiwa's Political Thoughts in Nigeria's Political Public197
Contributors223

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