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Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writing

Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writing

  • R 23335



James Currey, United Kingdom, 1997. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. 'This is an innovative and original study which offers a new perspective on a Nigerian literary tradition. Quayson takes issue with the prevalent use of oral tradition in the criticism of Europhone written literature as a kind of cultural matrix out of which the written text emerged, and the essence of which it embodies. He proposes instead a view of literary tradition as the outcome of numerous, and varied, strategic acts of positioning in relation to indigenous resources - which vary according to the individual writer's project but also according to the larger social and political context. He constructs a historical framework in which to view these strategies as performed by Samuel Johnson in The History of the Yorubas (1921 [1897]), Amos Tutuola (1950s), Soyinka (1960s and 70s) and Ben Okri (1980s and 90s).' - Karin Barber, Senior Lecturer at the Centre of African Studies, University of Birmingham North America: Indiana U Press. Seller Inventory 

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