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Art, dialogue, and outrage : essays on literature and culture

Author: Wole Soyinka
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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By "unquestionably Africa's most versatile writer and arguably her finest" (New York Times), Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, Art, Dialogue, and Outrage is a fierce and provocative contribution to the debate on multi-culturalism. This volume brings together nineteen iconoclastic essays from the past twenty-five years on African, European, and American literature, culture, and politics - many of which are published here  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Soyinka, Wole.
Art, dialogue, and outrage.
New York : Pantheon Books, c1993
(OCoLC)624481018
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wole Soyinka
ISBN: 0679400656 9780679400653
OCLC Number: 29428675
Description: xxx, 305 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Towards a true theatre --
From a common backcloth: A Reassessment of the African literary image --
The writer in a modern African state --
The Lysistrata of Aristophanes --
The fourth stage: Through the mysteries of Ogun to the origin of Yoruba tragedy --
Between self and system: The artist in search of liberation --
Who's afraid of Elesin Oba? --
Language as boundary --
The critic and society: Barthes, leftocracy and other mythologies --
Cross currents: The "new African" after cultural encounters --
Theatre in African traditional cultures: Survival patterns --
Shakespeare and the living dramatist --
The external encounter: Ambivalence in African arts and literature --
Climates of art --
Of Berlin and other walls --
New frontiers for old --
The credo of being and nothingness --
The autistic hunt; or, How to Marximize mediocrity Neo-Tarzanism: The poetics of pseudo-tradition.
Other Titles: Art, dialogue & outrage
Responsibility: Wole Soyinka.

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By "unquestionably Africa's most versatile writer and arguably her finest" (New York Times), Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, Art, Dialogue, and Outrage is a fierce and provocative contribution to the debate on multi-culturalism. This volume brings together nineteen iconoclastic essays from the past twenty-five years on African, European, and American literature, culture, and politics - many of which are published here for the first time. Whether he is discoursing on the idea of "negritude" in "From a Common Backcloth: A Reassessment of the African Literary Image" or on protest literature in "The Writer in a Modern African State"; debunking the orthodoxies of contemporary literary criticism in "The Critic and Society: Barthes, Leftocracy and Other Mythologies"; offering surprising readings of Shakespeare and Aristophanes; expounding on the tragedy of "the recurrent cycle of human stupidity"; skewering intellectual demigods or his own critics, Soyinka is never less than profound and incisive. Art, Dialogue, and Outrage gives a startling vision of culture in our times.

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