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Postcolonial Identity in Wole Soyinka 9789042022584

Postcolonial Identity in Wole Soyinka

ISBN-10: 9042022582
ISBN-13: 9789042022584
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PUBLISHER: BRILL
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Product Description: Soyinka's representation of postcolonial African identity is re-examined in the light of his major plays, novels and poetry to show how this writer's idiom of cultural authenticity both embraces hybridity and defines itself as specific and particular. For Soyinka, such authenticity involves recovering tradition and inserting it in postcolonial modernity to facilitate transformative moral and political justice. The past can be both our enabling future and our nemesis. In a distinctive approach grounded in cultural studies, this volume locates the artist's intellectual and political concerns within the broader field of postcolonial cultural theory, arguing that, although ostensibly distant from mainstream theory, Soyinka focuses on fundamental questions concerning international culture and political identity formations - the relationship between myth & history/tradition & modernity, and the unresolved tension between power as a force for good or evil.

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CATEGORY: Literary Criticism, Political Science
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