The Resource Of Africa, Wole Soyinka

Of Africa, Wole Soyinka

Label
Of Africa
Title
Of Africa
Statement of responsibility
Wole Soyinka
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A member of the unique generation of African writers and intellectuals who came of age in the last days of colonialism, the author has witnessed the promise of independence and lived through postcolonial failure. He deeply comprehends the pressing problems of Africa, and, as an irrepressible essayist and a staunch critic of the oppressive boot, he unhesitatingly speaks out. In this work, he offers a wide-ranging inquiry into Africa's culture, religion, history, imagination, and identity. He seeks to understand how the continent's history is entwined with the histories of others, while exploring Africa's truest assets: "its humanity, the quality and valuation of its own existence, and modes of managing its environment, both physical and intangible (which includes the spiritual)." Fully grasping the extent of Africa's most challenging issues, he nevertheless refuses defeatism. In this work he analyzes problems ranging from the meaning of the past to the threat of theocracy. He asks hard questions about racial attitudes, inter-ethnic and religious violence, the viability of nations whose boundaries were laid out by outsiders, African identity on the continent and among displaced Africans, and more. His exploration of Africa relocates the continent in the reader's imagination and maps a course toward an African future of peace and affirmation
Cataloging source
IEN/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Soyinka, Wole
Dewey number
960
Index
no index present
LC call number
DT20
LC item number
.S58 2012
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Civilization
  • Africa
  • Africa
  • Africa
Target audience
adult
Label
Of Africa, Wole Soyinka
Instantiates
Publication
Contents
pt. 1. Past into present -- The dark continent? Or beholder's cataract? -- Children of Herodotus -- Fictioning of the fourth dimension -- The tree of forgetfulness: alive and well in Darfur -- pt. 2. Body and soul -- A choice of chains -- Not a "way of life," but a guide to existence -- The spirituality of a continent -- Thus spake Orunmila: Africa as arbitrating voice
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xiii, 199 p.
Isbn
9780300140460
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012013544
System control number
  • (OCoLC)785721970
  • 1102238
  • (OCoLC)ocn785721970
  • (Pol)1102238
Label
Of Africa, Wole Soyinka
Publication
Contents
pt. 1. Past into present -- The dark continent? Or beholder's cataract? -- Children of Herodotus -- Fictioning of the fourth dimension -- The tree of forgetfulness: alive and well in Darfur -- pt. 2. Body and soul -- A choice of chains -- Not a "way of life," but a guide to existence -- The spirituality of a continent -- Thus spake Orunmila: Africa as arbitrating voice
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xiii, 199 p.
Isbn
9780300140460
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012013544
System control number
  • (OCoLC)785721970
  • 1102238
  • (OCoLC)ocn785721970
  • (Pol)1102238

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