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Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writing : Orality and History in the Work of Rev. Samuel Johnson, Amos Tutuola, Wole Soyinka and Ben Okri - Ato Quayson

Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writing

Orality and History in the Work of Rev. Samuel Johnson, Amos Tutuola, Wole Soyinka and Ben Okri

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Published: 22nd September 1997
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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

Acknowledgements
Note on Orthography
Introduction: African Literature and the Question of Oralityp. 1
Nutritive Junctures: Rev. Samuel Johnson and Yoruba Historiographyp. 20
Treasures of an Opulent Fancy: Amos Tutuola and the Folktale Narrativep. 44
The Space of Transformations: Theory, Myth and Ritual in the Work of Wole Soyinkap. 65
Narrative Through a Prism of Indigenous Beliefs: Examples from Ben Okri's Short Storiesp. 101
Harvesting the Folkloric Intuition: The Famished Roadp. 121
Appendix: 'Esoteric' Passages in The Famished Roadp. 153
Conclusions and Reflections: Methods, Means and Meaningsp. 157
Bibliographyp. 166
Indexp. 177
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ISBN: 9780253211484
ISBN-10: 0253211484
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 22nd September 1997
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.12  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.24