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Author Mathuray, Mark, 1972-

Title On the sacred in African literature : old gods and new worlds / Mark Mathuray
Published Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 205 pages)
Contents Realising the sacred : Chinua Achebe's Arrow of god -- Dramatising the sacred : Wole Soyinka's "the fourth stage" and Kongi's harvest -- Politicising the sacred : Ngugi wa Thiong'o's The river between -- Sacred realism : Ben Okri's The famished road -- The stalled sublime : J.M. Coetzee's Foe -- Conclusion : the political as tragic effect
Summary This innovative book provides an original approach to the analysis of the representation of myth, ritual, and 'magic' in African literature. Emphasizing the ambivalent nature of the sacred, it advances work on the religious dimension of canonical African texts and attends to the persistence of pre-colonial cultures in postcolonial spaces
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African literature (English) -- History and criticism.
Culture in literature.
Holy, The, in literature.
Literature and society -- Africa -- History -- 20th century.
Magic realism (Literature)
Myth in literature.
Politics and literature -- Africa -- History -- 20th century.
Religion in literature.
Africa -- In literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0230240917 (electronic bk.)
9780230240919 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)