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Soyinka, Wole

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Death and the king's horseman : authoritative text : backgrounds and contexts, criticism by Wole Soyinka( Book )

96 editions published between 1975 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 2,410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on events that took place in 1946 in the ancient Yoruban city of Oyo, Soyinka's play addresses classic issues of cultural conflict, tragic decision-making, and the psychological mindsets of individuals and groups. The text of the play is accompanied by an introduction and explanatory annotations for the many allusions to traditional Nigerian myth and culture. "Backgrounds and Sources" helps readers understand Death and the King's Horseman's traditional African contexts and the role of theater in African culture. Included are a map of Yorubaland, discussions of Yoruban religious beliefs and cultural traditions, Soyinka on the various forms that theater has taken in African culture in order to survive, and Anthony Appiah on Soyinka's struggle with the problem of African identity in the creation of Death and the King's Horseman. Commentary on the play as both a theatrical production and a classroom text is provided by Gerald Moore, Tanure Ojaide, and Martin Rohmer. "Criticism" collects nine major essays on the play and the difficulties it presents to readers. Contributors include D.S. Izevbaye, Eldred Durosimi Jones, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Biodun Jeyifo, Wole Soyinka, Joan Hepburn, Adebayo Williams, David Richards, and Olakunle George. A chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included. - Cover
The burden of memory, the muse of forgiveness by Wole Soyinka( )

27 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 2,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Once repression stops, is reconciliation between oppressor and victim possible? In the face of centuries long devastions wrought on the African continent and her Diaspora by slavery, colonialism, Apartheid, and the manifold faces of racism, what form of recompense could possibly be adequate?"--Jacket
Of Africa by Wole Soyinka( )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A member of the unique generation of African writers and intellectuals who came of age in the last days of colonialism, the author has witnessed the promise of independence and lived through postcolonial failure. He deeply comprehends the pressing problems of Africa, and, as an irrepressible essayist and a staunch critic of the oppressive boot, he unhesitatingly speaks out. In this work, he offers a wide-ranging inquiry into Africa's culture, religion, history, imagination, and identity. He seeks to understand how the continent's history is entwined with the histories of others, while exploring Africa's truest assets: "its humanity, the quality and valuation of its own existence, and modes of managing its environment, both physical and intangible (which includes the spiritual)." Fully grasping the extent of Africa's most challenging issues, he nevertheless refuses defeatism. In this work he analyzes problems ranging from the meaning of the past to the threat of theocracy. He asks hard questions about racial attitudes, inter-ethnic and religious violence, the viability of nations whose boundaries were laid out by outsiders, African identity on the continent and among displaced Africans, and more. His exploration of Africa relocates the continent in the reader's imagination and maps a course toward an African future of peace and affirmation
The interpreters by Wole Soyinka( Book )

130 editions published between 1965 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates the struggles of a group of Nigerians drawn together by their search for direction in life
Myth, literature, and the African world by Wole Soyinka( Book )

60 editions published between 1976 and 2006 in English and held by 1,688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies the use of myth, ritual, and literature in Africa
Collected plays by Wole Soyinka( Book )

10 editions published between 1973 and 1990 in English and held by 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, this Nigerian poet, playwright, and novelist writes of the rich cultural traditions as well as the hopes and frustrations of black Africa. This two-volume collection of his plays includes A Dance of the Forests, The Swamp Dwellers, The Strong Breed, The Road, and The Bacchae of Euripides in the first volume, and The Lion and the Jewel, Kongi's Harvest, The Trials of Brother Jero, Jero's Metamorphosis, and Madmen and Specialists in the second volume. --Publisher
Reimagining Pan-Africanism : distinguished Mwalimu Nyerere lecture series 2009-2013 by Wole Soyinka( )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the nineteen 60s and 70s, the University of Dar es salaam was recognised internationally as a great academic institution, and the site of anti-colonialist, anti-imperialist, socialist studies and activism. With the onslaught of neo-liberalism beginning with Structural Adjustment Programmes in Tanzania in the mid 80s, the university was one of its prime targets; subjected to numerous pressures designed to extinguish the flames of revolutionary scholarship and activism. The establishment in 2008 of the Mwalimu Nyerere Chair on Pan, Africanism with Professor Issa Shivji as its first Chairman, and the annual Distinguished Nyerere Lectures Series inaugurating annual intellectual festivals was, in Professor Shivji's introduction to this volume of collected lectures, the resurrection of radical Pan-Africanism at the University of Dar es salaam. The impact of the festivals and the lectures went well beyond the university community, as substantial number of the participants at these lectures and debates were citizen intellectuals, not part of the university community. The calibre of the distinguished lecturers speaks for itself; there could be no better representation of progressive African intellectuals honouring the legacy of Mwalimu Nyerere, than Professors Wole Soyinka, Samir Amin, Bereket Habte Selassie, Micere Githae Mugo and Thandika Mkandawire whose lectures are published in this book
Madmen and specialists, a play by Wole Soyinka( Book )

36 editions published between 1971 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written in 1971, Madmen and Specialists is one of Soyinka's most excoriating portrayals of abusers and abused in the new Nigeria ushered in by Biafra and the civil war of 1967-70. Set in the "surgery" of a doctor, the play is populated by mendicants and the "insane," all fodder for "experimentation" by a shape-shifting doctor whose experiments may be more sinister than they at first appear
Idanre & other poems by Wole Soyinka( Book )

48 editions published between 1967 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of poetry discussing political tensions and Africa's cultural traditions also includes an adaptation of the creation myth of Ogun, the Yoruba God of Iron
Art, dialogue, and outrage : essays on literature and culture by Wole Soyinka( Book )

35 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in English and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By "unquestionably Africa's most versatile writer and arguably her finest" (New York Times), Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, Art, Dialogue, and Outrage is a fierce and provocative contribution to the debate on multi-culturalism. This volume brings together nineteen iconoclastic essays from the past twenty-five years on African, European, and American literature, culture, and politics - many of which are published here for the first time. Whether he is discoursing on the idea of "negritude" in "From a Common Backcloth: A Reassessment of the African Literary Image" or on protest literature in "The Writer in a Modern African State"; debunking the orthodoxies of contemporary literary criticism in "The Critic and Society: Barthes, Leftocracy and Other Mythologies"; offering surprising readings of Shakespeare and Aristophanes; expounding on the tragedy of "the recurrent cycle of human stupidity"; skewering intellectual demigods or his own critics, Soyinka is never less than profound and incisive. Art, Dialogue, and Outrage gives a startling vision of culture in our times
Mandela's earth and other poems by Wole Soyinka( Book )

28 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lion and the jewel; [play] by Wole Soyinka( Book )

82 editions published between 1962 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is one of the best-known plays by Africa's major dramatist, Wole Soyinka. How the Lion hunts the Jewel is the theme of this ribald comedy
The Bacchae of Euripides : a communion rite by Wole Soyinka( Book )

24 editions published between 1973 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wole Soyinka has translated - in both language and spirit - a great classic of ancient Greek theater. He does so with a poet's ear for the cadences and rhythms of chorus and solo verse as well as a commanding dramatic use of the central social and religious myth. In his hands The Bacchae becomes a communal feast, a tumultuous celebration of life, and a robust ritual of the human and social psyche. "The Bacchae is the rites of an extravagant banquet, a monstrous feast," Soyinka writes. "Man reaffirms his indebtedness to earth, dedicates himself to the demands of continuity, and invokes the energies of productivity. Reabsorbed within the communal psyche he provokes the resources of nature; in turn he is replenished for the cyclic rain in his fragile individual potency." The blending of two master playwrights - Euripides and Soyinka - makes for an unforgettable experience
A shuttle in the crypt by Wole Soyinka( Book )

38 editions published between 1972 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kongi's Harvest by Wole Soyinka( Book )

41 editions published between 1966 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

President Kongi (Wole Soyinka), the dictator of an African developing nation, is trying to modernize his nation after deposing King Oba Danlola (Rasidi Onikoyi). The different tribes are resisting unification, so he tries to reach his goal by any means necessary, including forcing government officials to wear traditional African outfits and seeking advice from the man he deposed. He demands tribute from Danlola in the form of a yam, an important food in the culture. Danlola's former lover Segi brings the dictator the head of her father as sacrifice
A dance of the forest by Wole Soyinka( Book )

56 editions published between 1963 and 1993 in English and French and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The play was presented at the Nigerian Independence celebrations in 1960, it ... denigrated the glorious African past and warned Nigerians and all Africans that their energies henceforth should be spent trying to avoid repeating the mistakes that have already been made. At the time of its release, it was an iconoclastic work that angered many of the elite in Soyinka's native Nigeria. Politicians were particularly incensed at his prescient portrayal of post-colonial Nigerian politics as aimless and corrupt. Despite the deluge of criticism, the play remains an influential work. In it, Soyinka espouses a unique vision for a new Africa, one that is able to forge a new identity free from the influence of European imperialism. A Dance of the Forests is regarded as Soyinka's theatrical debut and has been considered the most complex and difficult to understand of his plays. In it, Soyinka unveils the rotten aspects of the society and demonstrates that the past is no better than the present when it comes to the seamy side of life. He lays bare the fabric of the Nigerian society and warns people as they are on the brink of a new stage in their history: independence
Poems of Black Africa by Wole Soyinka( Book )

11 editions published between 1975 and 1993 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The road : [a play] by Wole Soyinka( Book )

48 editions published between 1965 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A play about a day in the strange life of a group of drivers on a Nigerian road. Their aimless existence, waiting for jobs, drinking, sleeping, dreaming of an exciting future is dominated by the obscure but powerful presence of the Professor
Season of anomy A novel by Wole Soyinka( Book )

56 editions published between 1973 and 1988 in 3 languages and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Belletristik : Nigeria/Biafra ; Liebe - politischer Konflikt - Gewalt
Forest of a thousand daemons : a hunter's saga by D. O Fagunwa( Book )

27 editions published between 1932 and 1983 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first novel written in the Yoruba language and one of the first to be written in any African language
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The burden of memory, the muse of forgiveness
The burden of memory, the muse of forgivenessThe interpretersMyth, literature, and the African worldCollected playsMadmen and specialists, a playIdanre & other poemsThe lion and the jewel; [play]The Bacchae of Euripides : a communion rite
Alternative Names
Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka

Shoĭinka, Vole

Shoĭinka, Vole 1934-


Šoinka, Vole 1934-

Šojinka Volė

Soyinka, Akinwande O. 1934-

Soyinka Akinwande Oluwole

Soyinka, Akinwande Oluwole 1934-

Soyinka, W. 1934-

Soyinka, Wole

Soyinka, Wole 1934-

Vole Šojinka

Vole Şoyinka

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, 1934-

Wole Soyinka dramaturg, prozaik i poeta nigeryjski, noblista

Wole Soyinka drammaturgo, poeta e scrittore nigeriano

Wole Soyinka écrivain nigérian

Wole Soyinka escriptor nigerià

Wole Soyinka escritor nigeriano

Wole Soyinka escritor nixeriano

Wole Soyinka Nigeeria kirjanik

Wole Soyinka nigerialainen kirjailija

Wole Soyinka nigerianischer Schriftsteller

Wole Soyinka Nigeriano a mannurat, mannaniw ken dramaturgo

Wole Soyinka nigeriansk författare

Wole Soyinka nigerijski pisatelj

Wole Soyinka nigerijský dramatik a spisovatel, držitel Nobelovy ceny

Wole Soyinka nigérijský spisovateľ

Wọlé Sóyinká Onkowe omo ile Naijiria

Wole Soyinka scríbhneoir Nigéarach

Wole Soyinka scriitor nigerian

Wole Soyinka shkrimtar nigerian

Wole Soyinka toneelschrijver uit Nigeria

Wolei Suoyinka

Ουόλε Σογίνκα

Воле Сојинка

Воле Шайінка

Воле Шойинка нигерийский драматург, писатель и поэт, лауреат Нобелевской премии

Воле Шоинка

Воле Шоїнка

Воле Шојинка нигериски писател

Уоле Шоинка

Шoйинка Вoлe

Шойинка, Акинванде Воле Бабатунде

Шоинка Воле

Վոլե Շոյնիկա

וולה סויינקה סופר ניגרי

سوينكا، وول، 1934-

شوينكا، وولي

شوينكا، وولي، 1934-

وله سوینکا

وو ل سوینکا

وول سوینکا

وول شوينكا، 1934-

وولى سوينكا

وولي سوينكا كاتب نيجيري

वोले शोयिंका

ওলে সোয়েনকা নাইজেরীয় লেখক

ਬੋਲੇ ਸੋਇੰਕਾ

வோல் சொயிங்கா

വോൾ സോയിങ്ക

უოლე შოინკა

소인카, 올레 1934-

소잉카, 아킨완데 올루월레 1934-

소잉카, 울레 1934-

소잉카, 월레 1934-

월레 소잉카 나이지리아의 소설가

ዎሌ ሾይንካ


ショインカ, ウォレ