Nation, Power and Dissidence in Third Generation Nigerian Poetry in English

Nation, Power and Dissidence in Third Generation Nigerian Poetry in English

by Sule E. Egya


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Nation, Power and Dissidence in Third Generation Nigerian Poetry in English by Sule E. Egya

This book is a theoretical and analytical survey of the poetry that emerged in Nigeria in the 1980s. 'Hurt into poetry,' Nigerian poets collectively raise the aesthetics of resistance, dramatizing the nationalist imagination that bridges the gap between poetry and politics in the country. The emerging generation of poetic voices raises an outcry against the repressive military regimes of the 1980s and 1990s. Ingrained in the tradition of protest literature in Africa, third-generation poetry is presented here as part of the cultural struggles that unseat military despotism and envisage a democratic society. Not only does the book place emphasis on poetry's interaction with the culture and history of military oppression in Nigeria - an interaction that sees poetry not only feeding from history, but also feeding it - it also contextualizes the generational consciousness of these poets. It is an invaluable contribution to indigenous knowledge, critical studies in Africa, and the rehabilitation and production of an African aesthetic. (Series: African Humanities)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781868887590
Publisher: Unisa Press
Publication date: 07/31/2014
Series: African Humanities Series
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 The Question of Generation 13

Literary Tradition, Influence, Anxiety

Chapter 3 Poetics and Subjectivity: Making Poetry Serve Humanity

Afam Akeh: This is Poetry as She Breathes

Abubakar Othman: Wordsworth Lied

Chapter 4 Dissident Dirge: Elegy Against the Oppressor 63

Olu Oguibe: I am Bound to this Land by Blood

Chiedu Ezeanah: I Saw Generals Hack the Tracks with Convulsive Steel

Chapter 5 Myth and Materialism: Deploying Myth Against the Myth of Power 83

Maik Nwosu: I am Taunted by Covenants of Misery

Onookome Okome: Everything Smells of the Death of Dawn

Chapter 6 Feminist Act: Feminising the Struggle Against the Oppressor 105

Toyin Adewale: In this Land we Love with Pain

Unoma Azuah: I will Defy the Rage of the Rain and Erode No More

Chapter 7 Eco-Human Engagement: Facing the Oppressor over the Niger Delta 129

Nnimmo Bassey: Of Burst Bellies and Pipes

Ogaga Ifowodo: Oil is My Curse

Chapter 8 Conclusion: Exile and the Trope of Dispersal 152

Works Cited 158

Index 169

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