N as it unabashedly takes flight in praise for the material under examinationNo doubt Soyinka would object to the obvious Eurocentrism of using a Continental as a starting point for comparison as indeed he does to great effect even as he takes that very same text of Nietzsche s as his own starting point in the early essay appendixed to this volume This essay differs immediately from the preceding chapters which by comparison are held to a much developed and coherent standpoint regarding the African artistic worldview as it relates to itself to colonialism and to varied concepts of blackness particularly the Negritude movement which Soyinka takes pains to demonstrate as a largely bourgeois co opting of the struggle for African peoples self determinationSurely familiarity with the source material would make these studies a great deal relatable but even going in without such nowledge the book remains clear and engaging and certainly functions as an effective advertisement for many of the novels and plays discussed Very highly recommended Good this guy makes me wanna go on a steady diet of the Africa writers of whom he approves. Ly 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.
This book gave me a language and paradigm to explain what I ve always experienced and With Krishna's Eyes known In Bezug auf die Beschreibung der Lebensweisen weniger anschaulich und detailliert als B cher von Kenyatta Nyerere oder NgugiIn Bezug auf die Analyse der Weltsicht weniger glaubw rdig als diejenigen von Nyerere oder Obafemi M glicherweise ist meine Ansicht aber auch voreingenommen Ehrlich gesagtann ich mich zum Zeitpunkt dieses Kommentars Investir dans l'or : le petit manuel pratique kaum mehr an das Buch erinnern 216 A general discussion of African literature by the 1986 Nobel Prize winner in Literature The first chapter The ritual archetype analyzes the mythology and ritual of Yoruba religion and how it reflects a different world view than European both pagan and Christian mythology The second chapter Drama and the African worldview deals with tragedy Soyinka is bestnown as a playwright He compares instances of African and Afro Brazilian plays based on the Yoruba mythology and then gives a general account of the development of drama from ritual in Africa relating it to Nietzsche s account of the development of Greek tragedy The core of the book is two chapters on Ideology. 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.
And the social vision which analyze a selection of African novels and the way they come to grips or fail to with the problem of creating or recreating an African culture after colonialism trying to avoid both European intellectual domination and a romanticised Negritude The book ends with an earlier essay on mythology as an appendix For such a short book there is much interesting thought and analysis and I learned a great deal about the intellectual currents of contemporary Africa I was impressed by Soyinka s approach to political uestions Unfortunately I have only read one of the works which he analyzes so it was difficult to judge his opinions but this has inspired me to look out for contemporary African literature and particularly to want to read some of his own plays I picked this from a library shelf expecting it to be a collection of examples from contemporary African literature What I got turned out to be something akin to Nietzsche s The Birth of Tragedy a concise but well considered study in the aesthetic foundations of a chosen genre departing however from the Nietzsche in its ability to remain closely critical eve. 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 eual.
Awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature for his work that in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence