Myth, Literature and the African World
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 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 equally 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.
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In this book, Soyinka talks about the total existence and the ideas that form the African cultural sentiments. Africa, a continent filled with different types of beliefs, varying from family beliefs to cultural and communal beliefs,places a lot of importance in the communication of truths--literature not for mere entertainment but for the communication of facts and truths.
Soyinka also reiterates the fact that African writers are not just a mere bunch of artists but a group of people who believe in the quality and the efficacy of these beliefs.
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