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Death and the King's Horseman A Play

ISBN-10: 0393977617
ISBN-13: 9780393977615
Edition: 2002
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Description: "Backgrounds and Sources" helps readers understand Death and the King's Horseman 's traditional African contexts and the role of theater in African culture. Included are a map of Yoruba-land, discussions of Yoruban religious beliefs and cultural  More...

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Book details

List price: $9.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/5/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

"Backgrounds and Sources" helps readers understand Death and the King's Horseman 's traditional African contexts and the role of theater in African culture. Included are a map of Yoruba-land, discussions of Yoruban religious beliefs and cultural traditions, Soyinka on the various forms that theater has taken in African culture in order to survive, and Anthony Appiah on Soyinka's struggle with the problem of African identity in the creation of Death and the King's Horseman . Commentary on the play as both a theatrical production and a classroom text is provided by Gerald Moore, Tanure Ojaide, and Martin Rohmer. "Criticism" collects nine major essays on the play and the difficulties it presents to readers. Contributors include D. S. Izevbaye, Eldred Durosimi Jones, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Biodun Jeyifo, Wole Soyinka, Joan Hepburn, Adebayo Williams, David Richards, and Olakunle George. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

Wole Soyinka was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State of Nigeria on July 13, 1934. He attended Government College and University College in Ibadan before receiving a degree in English from the University of Leeds in England in 1958. He has held research and teaching appointments at several universities including the University of Ibadan, the University of Ife, Cornell University, Emory University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Loyola Marymount. He is a distinguished playwright, poet, novelist, essayist, social critic, political activist, and literary scholar. His plays include The Swamp Dwellers, The Lion and the Jewel, A Dance of the Forests, The Bacchae of Euripides, A Play for Giants, Death and the King's Horsemen, From Zia with Love, The Beatification of Area Boy, and King Baabu. His collections of poetry include Idanre and Other Poems, A Shuttle in the Crypt, and Mandela's Earth and Other Poems. His novels include The Interpreters, which won the 1968 Jock Campbell Literary Award, and Season of Anomy. His autobiographical works include Ake: The Years of Childhood, Isara: A Voyage Around Essay, The Open Sore of a Continent: A Personal Memoir of the Nigerian Crisis, and You Must Set Forth at Dawn. His literary essays collections include Myth, Literature and the African World and Art, Dialogue and Outrage. During the civil war in Nigeria, he appealed for cease-fire in an article. Accused of treason, he was held in solitary confinement for 22 months. Two of his works, The Man Died: Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka and Poems from Prison, were secretly written on toilet paper and smuggled out of prison. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986.

Simon Gikandi is the Robert Schirmer Professor of English at Princeton University. His many books include "Writing in Limbo" and "Maps of Englishness."

Introduction
Acknowledgments
The Text of Death and the King's Horseman
Map of Yorubaland
The Yoruba World
Oba Waja (The King Is Dead)
Theatre in African Traditional Cultures: Survival Patterns
Wole Soyinka and the Myth of an African World
Soyinka's New Play
Death and the King's Horseman in the Classroom
Wole Soyinka's 'Death and the King's Horseman,' Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Mediation in Soyinka: The Case of the King's Horseman
Death and the King's Horseman
Being, the Will, and the Semantics of Death
Ideology and Tragedy
Elesin Oba and the Critics
Ritual Closure in Death and the King's Horseman
Ritual and the Political Unconscious: The Case of Death and the King's Horseman
Death and the King's Horseman and the Masks of Language
Tragedy, Mimicry, and "The African World"
Wole Soyinka: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography

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