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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865437456
  • Publisher: Africa World Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 8.85 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Testament of A "Penful" Prisoner: Ken Saro-Wiwa's Literary Dialogue With The Prison 1
2 The Socio-Political Dimensions of Ken Saro-Wiwa's Activism 17
3 Ken Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy and The Logic of Minority Discourse 25
4 Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Trajectory of Minority Predicament in Nigeria 37
5 Social Conscience, Aesthetic Purpose, and The Dissenting Temper in The Farcical Plays of Ken Saro-Wiwa 45
6 The Gift of Voice: Ken Saro-Wiwa's Prisoners of Jebs as A Political Discourse 63
7 Aspect of Language in Ken Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English 75
8 A Metaphor of The Nigerian Situation: A Socio-Political Reading of Ken Saro-Wiwa's Prisoners of Jebs 95
9 On a Darkling Plain: The Darksome Lyric of An Outside 107
10 The Female Narrative And Ken Saro-Wiwa's Discourse on Change in A Forest of Flowers 123
11 Ethic Minorities and The Nigerian State: The Ogoni Struggle After Ken Saro-Wiwa 137
12 Direct Involvement and Personal Emotionalism: The War Poetry of Ken Saro-Wiwa 153
13 Ken Saro-Wiwa: Poetic Craft, Prophetic Calling 175
14 The Fictionalist As A Journalist: Literary Reportage in Ken Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy and A Forest of Flowers 185
15 The Fear of Colonization: Reading Ken Saro-Wiwa's Political Thoughts in Nigeria's Political Public 197
Contributors 223
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