Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writing

Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writing

Orality and History in the Work of Rev. Samuel Johnson, Amos Tutuola, Wole Soyinka and Ben Okri
Ato Quayson
Distribution: North America, Japan, Australia
Publication date: 9/1/1997
Format: paper 192 pages
5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-0-253-21148-4
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“ . . . a sophisticated and thoughtful study.” —Leeds African Studies Bulletin

“A very impressive work . . . in the concreteness of its research documentation as well as in its theoretical scope, this study brings a truly innovative dimension to African literary scholarship, and indeed to the whole field of African studies.” —Abiola Irele, Ohio State University

“The discussion reveals a combination of formidable analytical and critical strength with a refreshingly open-minded and sensible approach to his field.” —Karin Barber, University of Birmingham

Author Bio

Ato Quayson is a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and a Lecturer in Commonwealth and International Literature in English.

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Table of Contents

African Literature and the Question of Orality
Nutritive Junctures: Samuel Johnson and Yoruba Historiography
Treasures of an Opulent Fancy: Amos Tutuola and the Folktale Narrative
The Space of Transformations: Theory, Myth and Ritual in the Work of Wole Soyinka
Narrative Through a Prism of Indigenous Beliefs: Examples from Ben Okri’s Short Stories
Harvesting the Folkloric Intuition: The Famished Road
Conclusions and Reflections