Wole Soyinka

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  • Craig McLuckie (Okanagan College)

Wole Soyinka's career as a writer of drama, poetry, memoirs, novels and essays is dominated by a fierce adherence to human rights and the value of the individual's experience. Throughout his career, Soyinka has retained a basic vision: the exposure of “man's inhumanity to man”; in several of his works, Soyinka presses beyond literary exposure of societal ills to promote change. He has done so through the theatre and lecturing, as well as through daring – some would argue reckless – personal intervention. The first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1986), Soyinka's work may be loosely divided into works of populism and more metaphysically-oriented writings. His reputation will rest, as the abundance of critical …

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Citation:
McLuckie, Craig. "Wole Soyinka". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 September 2003
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4161, accessed 17 April 2014.]

Articles on Soyinka's works

  1. Aké: the Years of Childhood
  2. Death and the King's Horseman
  3. Jero's Metamorphosis
  4. Ogun Abibimañ
  5. Poems from Prison
  6. Requiem for a Futurologist
  7. Salutations to the Gut
  8. The Black Man and the Veil: Beyond the Berlin Wall
  9. The Deceptive Silence of Stolen Voices
  10. The Open Sore of a Continent: A Personal Narrative of the Nigerian Crisis
  11. The Seven Signposts of Existence: Knowledge, Honor, Justice and Other Virtues
  12. The Trials of Brother Jero

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