Death and the King's Horseman / Edition 1

Death and the King's Horseman / Edition 1

by Wole Soyinka
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393977617

ISBN-13: 9780393977615

Pub. Date: 11/28/2002

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

This Norton Critical Edition of Death and the King's Horseman is the only student edition available in the United States. Based on events that took place in 1946 in the ancient Yoruban city of Oyo, Soyinka's acclaimed and powerful play addresses classic issues of cultural conflict, tragic decision-making, and the psychological mindsets of individuals and groups. The…  See more details below

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This Norton Critical Edition of Death and the King's Horseman is the only student edition available in the United States. Based on events that took place in 1946 in the ancient Yoruban city of Oyo, Soyinka's acclaimed and powerful play addresses classic issues of cultural conflict, tragic decision-making, and the psychological mindsets of individuals and groups. The text of the play is accompanied by an introduction and explanatory annotations for the many allusions to traditional Nigerian myth and culture.
"Backgrounds and Sources" helps readers understand Death and the King's Horseman's traditional African contexts and the role of theater in African culture. Included are a map of Yoruba-land, discussions of Yoruban religious beliefs and cultural traditions, Soyinka on the various forms that theater has taken in African culture in order to survive, and Anthony Appiah on Soyinka's struggle with the problem of African identity in the creation of Death and the King's Horseman. Commentary on the play as both a theatrical production and a classroom text is provided by Gerald Moore, Tanure Ojaide, and Martin Rohmer.
"Criticism" collects nine major essays on the play and the difficulties it presents to readers. Contributors include D. S. Izevbaye, Eldred Durosimi Jones, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Biodun Jeyifo, Wole Soyinka, Joan Hepburn, Adebayo Williams, David Richards, and Olakunle George.
A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393977615
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Series:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
137,894
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
The Text of Death and the King's Horseman1
Map of Yorubaland66
The Yoruba World67
Oba Waja (The King Is Dead)74
Theatre in African Traditional Cultures: Survival Patterns89
Wole Soyinka and the Myth of an African World103
Soyinka's New Play113
Death and the King's Horseman in the Classroom115
Wole Soyinka's 'Death and the King's Horseman,' Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester121
Mediation in Soyinka: The Case of the King's Horseman141
Death and the King's Horseman151
Being, the Will, and the Semantics of Death155
Ideology and Tragedy164
Elesin Oba and the Critics172
Ritual Closure in Death and the King's Horseman177
Ritual and the Political Unconscious: The Case of Death and the King's Horseman187
Death and the King's Horseman and the Masks of Language196
Tragedy, Mimicry, and "The African World"207
Wole Soyinka: A Chronology223
Selected Bibliography227

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