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Myth, Literature and the African World

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The ways in which the African world perceives itself as a cultural whole that interconnects myth, ritual and literature and the differences between its essential unity and the sense of division pervading Western literature are emphasized in this classic analysis.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published April 26th 2006 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1976)
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نادية أحمد
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
الأديب النيجيري وول شوينكا النوبلي
وضع محاضراته التي ألقاها عن الثقافة الإفريقية
في كلية تشرتشل في كامبريدج وجامعة شيفليد البريطانية
في هذا الكتاب والذي يضم أربعة فصول:
١) الأخلاق والجماليات في النموذج الشعائري الأصلي
٢) الدراما والرؤية الإفريقية للعالم
٣) العامل الديني في الأيديولوجيا والرؤية الإجتماعية
٤) النموذج العلماني

يستهل كتابه بالحديث عن
ثلاثة نماذج محكوم بطبيعة مواهبها
وكذلك تواريخها المتداولة والتي جعلت منها آلهة مفضلة
عند الشعراء وكتّاب المسرح.

آخذاً بعين الإعتبار رموز يموجا التي تعيش حياة
منح
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R.K. Byers
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
this guy makes me wanna go on a steady diet of the Africa writers of whom he approves...
Felix
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked this from a library shelf expecting it to be a collection of examples from contemporary African literature. What I got turned out to be something more akin to Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy: a concise but well-considered study in the aesthetic foundations of a chosen genre, departing however from the Nietzsche in its ability to remain closely critical even as it unabashedly takes flight in praise for the material under examination.

No doubt Soyinka would object to the obvious Eurocentr
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James F
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A general discussion of African literature by the 1986 Nobel Prize winner in Literature. The first chapter, "The ritual archetype", analyzes the mythology and ritual of Yoruba religion, and how it reflects a different world-view than European (both pagan and Christian) mythology. The second chapter, "Drama and the African worldview", deals with tragedy (Soyinka is best known as a playwright.) He compares instances of African and Afro-Brazilian plays based on the Yoruba mythology, and then gives ...more
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This book gave me a language and paradigm to explain what I've always experienced and known
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Awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature for his work that "in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence."