Wole Soyinka World Literature Analysis - Essay

Wole Soyinka World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

It would be simplifying only a little to say that Soyinka’s writing can be divided into two phases. All of his work is marked by a social consciousness and a skillful intermingling of Western and traditional West African culture. Soyinka’s interment as a political prisoner in Nigeria, however, changed him and his artistic vision forever.

His first plays were performed shortly before and shortly after Nigeria gained independence from British colonial rule. The conflict brought about by overlapping and opposing cultures is the subject of the early plays, including The Swamp Dwellers, The Lion and the Jewel, and A Dance of the Forests. In each of these plays, the setting is West Africa, and...

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