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Interpreting the interpreters: the narratives of the postcolony in Wole Soyinka’s The Interpreters

Interpreting the interpreters: the narratives of the postcolony in Wole Soyinka’s The Interpreters

Adeyemi, Sola (2013) Interpreting the interpreters: the narratives of the postcolony in Wole Soyinka’s The Interpreters. In: Lindfors, Bernth and Davis, Geoffrey V., (eds.) African Literatures and Beyond. A Florilegium. Cross/Cultures - Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English (168). Editions Rodopi B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands / New York, NY, pp. 29-38. ISBN 9789042037380

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Abstract

The conceptualization of postcolonialism in recent years encourages a re-examination of the narrative strategies and arts of persuasion employed by African writers, many of whom use certain methods to evoke the discourse of plausibility and probability in their fictional creations. Early Nigerian writers in particular, during the period immediately after liberation from British colonial rule in 1960, used their rich oral antecedents, myths, cultural beliefs, and traditional values, combined with values and language inherited from the colonial past, to forge a creative link between their ideas, their ideals, and contemporary issues, and to predict a course for their young nation. Wole Soyinka, for instance, in his novel The Interpreters (1965), produced a running commentary on the affairs of the newly independent Nigeria by using inference and associations to describe acts of equivocation and ambivalence among the new African elites and to expose political and religious apostasy.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] ISBN : 9789042037380 and as e-book, ISBN: 9789401209892.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wole Soyinka, post colonial literature, neocolonialism, culture, African novel
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Communications & Creative Arts
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:25
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10261

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