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Ben Okri

Abiodun Adeniji

ISBN 10: 3639364341 / ISBN 13: 9783639364347
Published by VDM Verlag
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Paperback. 196 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.0in. x 0.5in.Ben Okri: The Quest for an African Utopia investigates the unethical cornucopia of myth and realism in Okris prose fiction. Ben Okris recent works have been excoriated as an excursion into phantasmagoria and a pandering after the exoticism of African literature by the Western academy of letters and general international readers who consume most of the works produced by African writers in the Diaspora. Consequently, his works have been given various contradictory labels: fantasy, hallucination, magical realism, postcolonial, unrealism, just to mention a few. This book, however, posits that a pains-taking analysis of the interface of myth and realism in Okris works would obviate much of the misapprehension and confusion which some of the labels above have generated. By examining the types of myths used in Okris works and their relationship to the political and socio-economic reality of the society portrayed in these works, this book demonstrates that the unusual marriage of myth and realism in Ben Okris works is no attempt to gratify the Western taste for the grisly and the exotic, but his honest quest for an African Utopia. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9783639364347

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Ben Okri: The Quest for an African Utopia investigates the unethical cornucopia of myth and realism in Okri's prose fiction. Ben Okri's recent works have been excoriated as an excursion into phantasmagoria and a pandering after the exoticism of African literature by the Western academy of letters and general international readers who consume most of the works produced by African writers in the Diaspora. Consequently, his works have been given various contradictory labels: "fantasy", "hallucination", "magical realism", "postcolonial", "unrealism", just to mention a few. This book, however, posits that a pains-taking analysis of the interface of myth and realism in Okri's works would obviate much of the misapprehension and confusion which some of the labels above have generated. By examining the types of myths used in Okri's works and their relationship to the political and socio-economic reality of the society portrayed in these works, this book demonstrates that the unusual marriage of myth and realism in Ben Okri's works is no attempt to gratify the Western taste for the grisly and the exotic, but his honest quest for an African Utopia.

About the Author: Abiodun Adeniji has a B. A. (Hons.)English Studies, Ife, M.A. (English), Ibadan, and a PhD. (English), Lagos. His area of specialisation is African prose fiction with emphasis on myth criticism. His other research interests include literary theory and creative writing. Abiodun Adeniji is a lecturer in English, University of Lagos, Nigeria.

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Title: Ben Okri

Publisher: VDM Verlag

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