Riddle and Bash: African Performance and Literature Reviews

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African Books Collective, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 148 pages
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Riddles And Bash by novelist, poet and critic, Chin Ce, contains ten volumes of essays and book reviews published in journals of African writing in the last decade.

In this second collection, Ce reviews African oral traditions using the riddles and bash performances of his community as a case study; he also takes a hard, honest evaluation of modern Igbo music and culture showing how Western Christian materialism appears to have also corrupted African traditional and philosophical thoughts.

The subsequent parts contain a look at new literatures and emerging tendencies in African writing, plus a chat on new Nigerian poetry and literary criticism.

Ce argues that the continent is one in spite of different experiences in colonialism, nationalism and post-independent identities. And 'as we join the twenty-first century with the world becoming a global village, writers from Africa will need to preserve the heritage of their people and ensure that the healthy traditions and cultures of Africa are not lost in the march of civilisation.

An important new voice in contemporary African writing and criticism, Chin Ce is author of three works of fiction, Children of Koloko, Gamji College and The Visitor in addition to three volumes of poetry, FullMoon, An African Eclipse and Millennial.

Riddles and Bash is the natural sequel to Bards and Tyrants, with insightful essays on the literature, culture and politics of Africa and her relationship with Western traditions in the twenty first century.
 

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Contents

Prefatorial Note
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Acknowledgements Dedication A Performance
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Music culture and religion II 5566
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And Tortoise flew A Story of courage Teachers art Close strangers Some ending narratives 6974
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Critics of the New Poetry 107133
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Notes and Works Cited Bibliography 137140
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Index 142148
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