ISBN: 1592215491

Owonibi This book contains a rich deposit of ideas and the consequent social commentary that arise in the complete works of Tayo Olafioye in prose, verse and critical formats. By associating Olafioye s work with a mine, the editors hope to reflect the multiple connotations of such a device, for a mine could also be a metaphoric representation of a bomb that devastates. It is explosive, incendiary, death-laden and finally, in some senses, cleansing. In terms of poetry, a bomb from the mind of the writer is powerful and effective and could be, for example, atomic or nuclear as Olafioye himself suggests, or as suggested in other contexts a cement block in the words of Amiri Baraka or a grenade as Soyinka asserts. Each of these interpretations can be drawn as implications from the lessons that arise in contemplation of Tayo Olafioye s The Parliament of Idiots, A Carnival of Looters, Critic as Terrorists, Tomorrow Left Us Yesterday, Dining with The Spirits, A Stroke of Hope, My Heart Swims in the Tears of Happiness, The Thunder in a Woman, and other works. This innovative book explores the complete works of Tayo Olafioye in prose, verse, and critical formats. A notable name in the global literary terrain, Tayo Olafioye has about three scores of titles to his credit. This collection looks at how Olafioye started his creative writing career with publication of children stories in Nigerian national newspapers to becoming one of the most celebrated award-winning African writers. Olafioye has won the Golden Pen Award in San Franscisco, National Literary Award of America, and the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) SPECTRUM Award. This book brings together for the first time a broad range of essays and responses to the works of this great writer. The fifteen essays, employing a variety of disciplinary perspectives, provide a detailed study of Olafioye s creativity, language use, and vision. Consequently, the book presents a unique collection of well-written essays by renowned and insightful scholars like Funso Akere, a foremost African linguist, Nwachukwu-Agbada, a renowned poet and professor of English, Beth Virtanen, a poet of international repute and professor of English, Mike Aliu, Henri Oripoloye, M.O. Ayola, Uriel Okunrinmeta, Busuyi Mekusi, Oluchi Igili, and Sola Owonibi. -- Akinyemi Akintunde, Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

Product details

  • Publisher : Africa World Press, Inc.; 1st edition (January 25, 2008)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 286 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1592215491
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1592215492
  • Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.47 x 0.79 x 8.39 inches
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