Wole Soyinka revisted /
Derek Wright.
New York : Twayne ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993.
xx, 220 p. : port.
0805782796 (alk. paper) :
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New York : Twayne ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993.
0805782796 (alk. paper) :
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-05:
This new "visit" into the Soyinka canon is a journey of immense scholarship and admirable concision. Wright calls his study a "revisit" not because of a specific revisionism of critical outlook but out of a holistic regard for what may be seen as the corpus of this Nigerian Nobel laureate. In his overview, Wright assigns one feature to all of Soyinka's plays, poetry, fiction, criticism, and biographical essays. This feature, in various guises, is ritualism. Soyinka's reliance on ritual, his ironic use of it, and his complex of conflict with traditional and innovative designs of customs from which ritual and rite springs, dominate his dramas, particularly the early and middle plays. On the surface these works treat the clash of Western and Yoruba traditions, but Wright, in his enlightening analyses, suggests Soyinka is not so much concerned with colonial history as he is with the invidious demands of myth on the individual. Wright's discussion of Soyinka's work in other genres is more cursory, and though he credits Soyinka with flawed triumphs in his two novels, he demotes him to a lesser poet. Wright also holds Soyinka to be a "slippery" critic and an idiosyncratic biographer. His judgments are certain to provoke further discussion of one of the world's significant writers. Excellent notes and primary bibliography; the secondary bibliography seems erratic rather than systematic. Advanced undergraduates through faculty. M. Tucker; Long Island University/C. W. Post Campus
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Twayne's United States Authors, English Authors, and World Authors Series present concise critical introductions to great writers and their works.Devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an author's work, each study takes account of major literary trends and important scholarly contributions and provides new critical insights with an original point of view. An Authors Series volume addresses readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writer's work.Each volume features: -- A critical, interpretive study and explication of the author's works-- A brief biography of the author-- An accessible chronology outlining the life, the work, and relevant historical context-- Aids for further study: complete notes and references, a selected annotated bibliography and an index-- A readable style presented in a manageable length
Table of Contents
Soyinka's Works Used in the Text
Glossary of Yoruba and Other African Terms and Names
Soyinka and the Yoruba Worldviewp. 1
Yoruba Theater: Ritual, Tragedy, and Dramatic Theoryp. 23
A Natural Idiom: Tragic Realism and Festive Comedyp. 42
Ritual Theater: A Universal Idiomp. 57
Ritual Theater: Esoteric Soyinkap. 79
Shot-Gun Satires: The Revue Playsp. 102
Ritual and Reality: The Novelsp. 118
History and Fiction: The Autobiographiesp. 133
Soyinka as Poetp. 150
Soyinka's Criticismp. 175
Notes and Referencesp. 187
Selected Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 215
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