Death and the King's Horsemen

Death and the King's Horsemen

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By (author) Wole Soyinka, Edited by Simon Gikandi


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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 196mm x 8mm | 91g
  • Publication date: 7 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393977617
  • ISBN 13: 9780393977615
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 169,221

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"Backgrounds and Sources" helps readers understand Death and the King's Horseman's traditional African contexts and the role of theater in African culture. Included are a map of Yoruba-land, discussions of Yoruban religious beliefs and cultural traditions, Soyinka on the various forms that theater has taken in African culture in order to survive, and Anthony Appiah on Soyinka's struggle with the problem of African identity in the creation of Death and the King's Horseman. Commentary on the play as both a theatrical production and a classroom text is provided by Gerald Moore, Tanure Ojaide, and Martin Rohmer. "Criticism" collects nine major essays on the play and the difficulties it presents to readers. Contributors include D. S. Izevbaye, Eldred Durosimi Jones, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Biodun Jeyifo, Wole Soyinka, Joan Hepburn, Adebayo Williams, David Richards, and Olakunle George. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

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