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Title:Special issue on Wole Soyinka
Editor:Irobi, EsiabaISNI
Periodical:Philosophia Africana
Geographic term:Nigeria
literary criticism
About person:Akiwande Oluwole Soyinka (1934-)
Abstract:The essays in this special issue explore the works of Wole Soyinka (Nigeria) not only to challenge aspects of Western philosophies of the arts, but also to reinforce the uniqueness of Soyinka's vision and how crucial his mission has been to all people of African descent as they strive to redefine who they are in the 21st century. F. Abiola Irele frames the power of Soyinka's thinking as a cultural theorist. Theatre scholar Biodun Jeyifo examines the interface between ontology, philosophy, history and linguistic manoeuvre in Soyinka's work. Jane Bryce looks at Soyinka's recollections of events as influenced by what she terms 'self-writing'. Summer Pervez tackles the concepts of space and politics in Soyinka's play 'Death and the king's horseman' (1975). Lastly, Esiaba Irobi examines how consumerism, coupled with cultural insularity, impacts the appreciation and reception of Soyinka's and other African plays produced in the West. [ASC Leiden abstract]