Conversations With Wole Soyinka

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2001-05-01
Publisher(s): Univ Pr of Mississippi
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Summary

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka is the most prominent writer from the African continent and one of the greatest living playwrights in the English language. His plays have been produced by the leading professional and repertory companies and stages in the English-speaking world including the National Theatre in Britain and the Lincoln Center in New York.At the same time, Soyinka has been the most consistent campaigner against civil and human rights violations and abuses, on occasion using his drama, poetry, and essays to speak out powerfully and eloquently in defense of the freedom of ordinary citizens and of the conscience and autonomy of the African continent's writers and intellectuals.Featuring interviews with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Anthony Appiah, and the editor, among others, Conversations with Wole Soyinka is the first collection of Soyinka's interviews. The volume helps to clarify the place of Soyinka in the canon of modern African literature and the international currents of world literature in English of the last half century.Within the interviews, Soyinka is forthright, clear, and eloquent. He specifically addresses many facets of his writing and plumbs pressing issues of culture, society, and community in the present period of increasing globalization. With interviewers in Africa, America, and the United Kingdom he discusses the rise of extreme nationalist and fundamentalist movements and ideologies in his homeland.In particular, the volume throws welcome light on many of the difficulties and obscurities of form and "message" that both academic and non-academic readers find in the most ambitious works of Soyinka. Soyinka says, "I never set out to be obscure. Butcomplex subjects sometimes elicit from the writer complex treatments."

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Chronology xxi
Wole Soyinka: In Person University of Washington
1(31)
Interview with Wole Soyinka
32(16)
John Agetua
An Interview with Wole Soyinka
48(20)
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Soyinka in Zimbabwe: A Question and Answer Session
68(48)
James Gibbs
Realms of Value in Literature Art: Interview with Wole Soyinka
116(13)
Biodun Jeyifo
An Evening with Wole Soyinka
129(9)
Anthony Appiah
Wole Soyinka in Stockholm
138(5)
Nii K. Bentsi-Enchill
Wole Soyinka
143(24)
Jane Wilkinson
Wole Soyinka on ``Identity''
167(15)
Ulli Beier
Wole Soyinka Interviewed
182(16)
'Biyi Bandele-Thomas
Soyinka Tells His Exile Story
198(21)
Bayo Onanuga
Index 219

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