Ben Okri

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  • Robert Fraser (Open University)

The novels, poems and essays of the Nigerian-born author Ben Okri offer a challenge to received notions of literary convention and form. His reputation was consolidated in 1991 when The Famished Road – the first novel in a sequence of that title – won the Booker McConnell Prize for Fiction, but is yet to be matched by an equivalent critical understanding, or a considered body of commentary that might sustain it. Okri has been dubbed a “Magic Realist”, a term that does not really fit him. Meanwhile, the Ghanaian critic Ato Quayson has expounded his work via a revolutionary concept of “interdiscursivity”, the fusion of literary and oral influences within a nation-based text. More conventionally, the British critic …

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Citation:
Fraser, Robert. "Ben Okri". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 March 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3405, accessed 18 April 2014.]

Articles on Okri's works

  1. In Arcadia
  2. The Famished Road

Related Groups

  1. Magical Realism in Literature
  2. Postcolonial literature - Britain, The Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand