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Wright, Derek

Works: 25 works in 78 publications in 1 language and 2,343 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography  Sources  Handbooks and manuals  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PR9387.9.S6, 823
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Most widely held works by Derek Wright
Wole Soyinka revisited by Derek Wright( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka is Africa's most prolific and successful playwright as well as an innovative poet, novelist, critic, and political activist. Educated in Nigeria and London, Soyinka draws freely upon his own cross-cultural experience to create an artistic hybrid between the traditions of Yoruba ritual and festival and the conventions of Western European theater. This eclecticism also stems in part from the flexible Yoruba world view in which, for instance, the deity Sango, traditionally the god of lightning, can assume the title of god of electricity, simply absorbing modern Western civilization into the mythological framework. In this comprehensive study, Derek Wright introduces the reader to Yoruba themes, culture, and dramaturgy and shows how this tradition permeates Soyinka's outlook. Ritual marks the intersection between the divine and the human, the metaphysical and the naturalistic, the spiritual and the communal; crossing these boundaries places individuals and societies in crisis, a moment both dangerous and potentially powerful. Thus, Soyinka applies and reinterprets traditional mythological themes to serve his passionate commitment to human freedom and social justice for Nigeria in its transition to an independent state. Many of his works were performed as street theater - often under harassment from the authorities - as political protest against corruption and power abuse in government. Wright surveys Soyinka's more than 30 works, focusing especially on the plays The Road, Death and the King's Horseman, Madmen and Specialists, and A Play of Giants. He also analyzes Soyinka's poems, novels, and autobiographies, including The Interpreters, The Man Died, Ake, and Isara. He traces the writer's life and achievements from his earliest years in Nigeria, through productions of his plays in London, New York, and Chicago, the turbulent years of political activism and imprisonment, to the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, and his most recent works. Wright offers the student or general reader an invaluable introduction to the enduring achievement of this important African writer
New directions in African fiction by Derek Wright( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since its rise to world stature in the early 1960s, the African novel has offered both literary invention and bitter insight into the post-colonial experience. Such authors as Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and Ngugi wa Thiong'o have helped define the novel of political engagement at the dawn of African independence. More recently, a group of younger African writers has joined them, embracing the tradition of literary protest while testing the limits of narrative form. Derek Wright's New Directions in African Fiction examines the recent work of both generations, providing readers with a lively, lucid introduction to today's African novel." "This study explores twenty-one of the most innovative English-language novels written by Africans over the past thirty years. Rather than basing his selection on an overarching theme, Wright presents a broad range of works and offers an in-depth reading of each on its own terms, guiding readers through contemporary African fiction in all its specificity and diversity."--Jacket
Ayi Kwei Armah's Africa : the sources of his fiction by Derek Wright( Book )

12 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical perspectives on Ayi Kwei Armah( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emerging perspectives on Nuruddin Farah( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first critical anthology on the Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah, winner of the 1998 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Farah is one of Africa's most multilingual and multiliterate writers. In exile from his country since 1974, he has wandered through the world's cultures, literatures, and ideas." "This anthology features the works of scholars from Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America, bringing together some of the many readings that Farah's voices have evoked. In its variety and complexity of responses, the volume pays tribute to Farah's versatility as a writer and to the multidimensionality of his work. Its subjects are diverse, ranging from the author's feminist and sociopolitical ideas, his vision of family and state, and concepts of time and history to his use of allegory and symbolism, his literary influences, and his relation to the oral tradition and postmodernism."--BOOK JACKET
Contemporary African fiction( Book )

11 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wole Soyinka : life, work and criticism by Derek Wright( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grain sorghum hybrid response to Lasso and dual herbicides and efficacy of Screen Concep II, and Concep II/Apron seed safeners by Derek Wright( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to use a medical library by Leslie T Morton( )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Somali powerscapes : mapping Farah's fiction by Derek Wright( )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stock-taking Soyinkana, 1986-1988 by Derek Wright( )

2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irrigated corn production by David L Wright( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Growth stages; Production; Harvesting; Measuring; Key management practices; Convertion chart
Ayi Kwei Armah's Two thousand seasons : a dissent by Derek Wright( )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Producing vegetation on highway slopes concurrently with and subsequent to highway construction by H. Douglas Perry( Book )

1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Influence of planting dates on yields, heights and harvest dates of several soybean varieties by Derek Wright( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Nuclear weapon reliability evaluation methodology( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This document provides an overview of those activities that are normally performed by Sandia National Laboratories to provide nuclear weapon reliability evaluations for the Department of Energy. These reliability evaluations are first provided as a prediction of the attainable stockpile reliability of a proposed weapon design. Stockpile reliability assessments are provided for each weapon type as the weapon is fielded and are continuously updated throughout the weapon stockpile life. The reliability predictions and assessments depend heavily on data from both laboratory simulation and actual flight tests. An important part of the methodology are the opportunities for review that occur throughout the entire process that assure a consistent approach and appropriate use of the data for reliability evaluation purposes
Maximizing the advantages of early corn planting by D. R Hicks( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Scapegoats and carriers : New Year festivals in history and literature by Derek Wright( )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

High Level Architecture Runtime Infrastructure( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Joint Advanced Distributed Simulation (JADS) is an Office of the Secretary of Defense-sponsored joint test force chartered to determine the utility of advanced distributed simulation (ADS) technology for test and evaluation (T & E) of military systems. JADS is doing this by looking at three slices of the T & E spectrum. One of those slices is the JADS Electronic Warfare (EW) Self-Protection Jammer (SPJ) Test. The EW test was the only JADS test that was in a position to look at the new Department of Defense (DoD) standard technical architecture for DoD simulations -- high level architecture. The JADS EW SPJ Test uses high level architecture (HLA) federations to replicate all elements of an actual open air range (OAR) test environment and the selected EW system under test (an ALQ-l3l Block II SPJ). To determine the utility of ADS technology for EW T & E, JADS will use and evaluate the HLA as part of the SPJ three-phase test program. In developing and implementing an HLA federation for EW T & E, JADS recognized that measuring and controlling the latency imposed by diverse test facilities, simulators, communications equipment, and long-haul communications networks was a critical factor. Because of the importance to T & E, most of these latency measurements have been made in other EW test projects or communications architectures and are documented. A new element used by JADS for EW T & E is the HLA and runtime infrastructure (RTI) software. Since the RTI provides a new means for dissimilar simulators and facilities to communicate, an additional source of latency is imposed on a test architecture which must be measured, optimized, and controlled for accurate real-time measurement of test events for comparison with the range data. This effort was undertaken for the JADS EW Test and is the subject of this special report
Thermodynamic studies of some metal-polyaminocarboxylate chelates by Derek Wright( )

2 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Wole Soyinka revisited
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Wright, D. L.

Wright, Derek Leslie

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New directions in African fictionEmerging perspectives on Nuruddin Farah