Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 12 : 1 January 2012
ISSN 1930-2940

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A Song for the Road
Wole Soyinka’s Imagery and Tradition

V. N. Manjula, Ph.D.

Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka

Scope of Commonwealth Literature

Modern African Literature is part of Commonwealth Literature which is a collection of writing outside the tradition of Britain and United States. Commonwealth writers are native to the regions they write about: the Caribbean, India, China, and parts of Africa.

One of the most predominant themes of commonwealth Literature is the interaction between the forces of tradition and modernity. It is a normal off shoot of the intermingling of culture due to the effect of colonization. The meeting of East and West is one of the prominent themes of the Commonwealth Literature.

The diversity of the commonwealth literature is further enhanced by the contemporary African literature.

The Versatility of Modern African Writers

African literatures in English and other European languages have added a new dimension to the commonwealth literature. Commonwealth Literature has reached a greater height in its search for universality and truth.

The African writers have deep acquaintance with the European and American literature and they are in touch with the literary movements all over the world. In the words of Shiv.K.Kumar, Soyinka “Spoke in a deep bass voice, lunging his hands into the air as though he were tearing apart everything around him social injustice, hypocrisy and above all tyranny.” African poets and playwrights have produced some of the most endearing literary works by any standards in the world. Particular emphasis is placed on Nigerian Gender Poetry, Yoruba theatre Eastern African traditionalism, African American movement and African Canadian writing.

Contents of This Book

Soyinka's Plays

Chapter 1 Modern African Literature and Wole Soyinka

Chapter 2 Songs and Mimes in Aid of Ridicule, Satire and Change in Society - Lion and the Jewel

Chapter 3 Songs of Contemplation – The Road

Chapter 4 Songs as Expression of Conflict - Kongi’s Harvest

Chapter 5 Songs as Medium of Convention – A Dance of the Forest

Chapter 6 Soyinka’s World

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V. N. Manjula, Ph.D.
Head of the Department of English
NGM College
Pollachi - 942001
Tamilnadu, India

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