Description : Distinguished scholars analyze the plays, poetry, and prose of Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1986. Essays trace his career and place his work in the general context of African literature.
Description : A collection of essays that examines the aesthetics and the radical politics of one of Africa's greatest writers
Description : South Asian readers and scholars find Wole Soyinka and his work especially fascinating. The manner in which he deals with colonial and postcolonial experience, the metaphysical strain embedded in his commentaries on his Yoruba heritage, and the numerous comparisons he makes with other cultures appeal to a South Asian sensibility. His brilliant style, versatility in handling a variety of genres, and wonderfully ironic sense of humor are also extremely impressive. Moreover, his social activism in particular, his fearless opposition to suppression of any kind renders him a charismatic and inspiring figure. He is the sort of person who attracts, generates and actively takes part in controversy. These multifaceted and multitalented characteristics, often paradoxical, appeal to South Asian minds which also view life in a holistic rather than a bipolar manner. The essays in this volume focus on all the major genres in Soyinka's oeuvre: fiction, poetry, criticism, autobiography, and especially drama. The contributors employ a variety of critical techniques in coming to terms with the writings of the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Description : Biodun Jeyifo examines the connections between the innovative and influential writings of Wole Soyinka and his radical political activism. Jeyifo carries out detailed analyses of Soyinka's most ambitious works, relating them to the controversies generated by Soyinka's use of literature and theatre for radical political purposes. He gives a fascinating account of the profound but paradoxical affinities and misgivings Soyinka has felt about the significance of the avant-garde movements of the twentieth century. Jeyifo also explores Soyinka's works with regard to the impact on his artistic sensibilities of the pervasiveness of representational ambiguity and linguistic exuberance in Yoruba culture. The analyses and evaluations of this study are presented in the context of Soyinka's sustained engagement with the violence of collective experience in post-independence, postcolonial Africa and the developing world. No existing study of Soyinka's works and career has attempted such a systematic investigation of their complex relationship to politics.