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Title:African literature and the future
Editor:Adeoti, GbemisolaISNI
Year:2015
Pages:103
Language:English
Series:CODESRIA book series
City:Dakar
Publisher:CODESRIA, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
ISBN:2869786336; 9782869786332
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:literature
myths
world view
anticolonialism
politics
About persons:Akiwande Oluwole Soyinka (1934-)
Ben Okri (1959-)ISNI
Abstract:This edited volume departs from an anti-colonial perspective to look at the past and future of African literature (especially the highly imaginative texts and works of fiction) and reflect on Africa's contemporary challenges. It looks at the interplay between art and politics to come up with reflections on Africa's fate in the twenty-first century. Two contributions deal specifically with the works of Wole Soyinka. Contributions: Introduction: present tension in future tenses - re-writing Africa into the twenty-first century (Gbemisola Adeoti); Orality, modernity and African development: myth as dialogue of civilisations (Inyani Simala); Requiem for absolutism: Soyinka and the re-visioning of governance in the twenty-first century Africa (Gbemisola Adeoti); A critical discourse evaluation of decolonisation and democratisation: issues in Africa as exemplified in Soyinka's non-fictional texts (Henry Hunjo); Power, artistic agency and poetic discourse: poetry as cultural critique in Africa (Sule E. Egya); African literature and the anxiety of being in the twenty-first century (Stephen Ogundipe); A critical analysis of prophetic myths in the selected fiction of Ben Okri (Olusola Ogunbayo). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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