Myth, Literature and the African World / Edition 1

Myth, Literature and the African World / Edition 1

by Wole Soyinka
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521398347

ISBN-13: 9780521398343

Pub. Date: 11/28/1990

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and one of the foremost living African writers, here analyses the interconnecting worlds of myth, ritual and literature in Africa. The ways in which the African world perceives itself as a cultural entity, and the differences between its essential unity of experience and literary form and the sense of division

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Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and one of the foremost living African writers, here analyses the interconnecting worlds of myth, ritual and literature in Africa. The ways in which the African world perceives itself as a cultural entity, and the differences between its essential unity of experience and literary form and the sense of division pervading Western literature, are just some of the issues addressed. The centrality of ritual gives drama a prominent place in Soyinka's discussion, but he deals in equally illuminating ways with contemporary poetry and fiction. Above all, the fascinating insights in this book serve to highlight the importance of African criticism in addition to the literary and cultural achievements which are the subject of its penetrating analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521398343
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1990
Series:
Canto Series
Edition description:
Canto Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Morality and aesthetics in the ritual archetype; 2. Drama and the African world-view; 3. Ideology and the social vision (1): the religious factor; 4. Ideology and the social vision (2): the secular ideal; Appendix: the fourth stage; Index.

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