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Myth, Literature and the African World - (Canto) by Wole Soyinka & Soyinka Wole (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 184

Genre: Literary Criticism

Sub-Genre: African

Series Title: Canto

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Age Range: Adult

Author: Wole Soyinka & Soyinka Wole

Language: English

Street Date: September 13, 1990
TCIN: 83219919
UPC: 9780521398343
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-3232
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, here analyses the interconnecting worlds of myth, ritual and literature in Africa.



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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.



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One of the foremost living African writers here analyses the interconnecting worlds of myth, ritual and literature in Africa. In 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 issued addressed.



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'... the best book on contemporary African literature available.' New Society
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