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Myth Literature and the African World Cambridge University Press Wole Soyinka


13th August 2012 Literature & Fiction 0 Comments

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.

‘… the best book on contemporary African literature available.’ New Society –This text refers to the Paperback edition.

The ways in which the African world perceives itself as a cultural whole that interconnects myth, ritual and literature and the differences between its essential unity and the sense of division pervading Western literature are emphasized in this classic analysis. –This text refers to the Paperback edition.

‘… the best book on contemporary African literature available.’ New Society –This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Myth Literature and the African World










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