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Wolf Soyinka: As a Play-Writer

K. Rajkumar (Author)
Synopsis Wole Soyinka, the multi-faceted literary genius from Nigeria, has carved a niche for himself in the history of World literature.  He is seen today as a pioneer in the area of Commonwealth drama.  Soyinka's greatness as a superb dramatist is visible in his themes, intellectual sophistication and dramatic technique.  In this book, K. Rajkumar has sought to provide a comprehensive critical statement on the plays of Soyinka.  The book mainly deals with the predominant motif in the plays.  It presents a survey of the African/Nigerian drama and tries to place Soyinka in the tradition of African letters.  It offers a specific account of the Kaleidoscopic traditional life of the Yoruba which informs and shapes his plays.  It further provides an in-depth study of the man-nature relationships in the dramatic world of soyinka.  The book deals with the aspects of religion in terms of rituals, ceremony, festivity and dance.  It depicts is a detailed examination of the nature and function of music (song) and dance.  The book brilliantly brings out Soyinka's understanding of life and its miseries.  A close study is attempted to view how his vision of life is essentially tragic: 'that human struggle is unrewarded'.  On the whole, the book projects Wole Soyinka as one of the greatest contemporary dramatists.  There being a dearth of critical study on Nigerian Literature in India, the present book therefore is a welcome contribution to the study of African, especially Nigerain literature of the post-colonial era.
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About the author

K. Rajkumar

Dr. K. Rajkumar is Reader and Head, Department of English, at Shri Guru Buddhiswami Mahavidyalaya, Purnajn (Maharashtra) and also taught (as Contributory faculty) at The School of Languages and Literature, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded.  He is a Visiting Faculty at the Post-Graduate Department of English, P.N. College, Nanded, and an Academic Counsellor for M.A. English Programme, IGNOU.  He has co-edited a book, Rainbow: A Collection of English Prose, Poetry and Composition.  He is a bilingual Poet, writes both in English and Telugu and his poems have appeared in Kavya Bharati (A publication by American College, Madurai).  He is currently busy with a UGC-funded Research Project. 

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Title Wolf Soyinka: As a Play-Writer
Author K. Rajkumar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Creative Books
Language: English
isbn 8180430383
length 176p., Notes; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.