By M. Mathuray
This innovative book offers an unique method of the research of the illustration of delusion, ritual, and 'magic' in African literature. Emphasizing the ambivalent nature of the sacred, it advances paintings at the spiritual measurement of canonical African texts and attends to the patience of pre-colonial cultures in postcolonial areas.
Read Online or Download On the Sacred in African Literature: Old Gods and New Worlds PDF
Similar african books
Crossroads within the Black Aegean is a compendious, well timed, and interesting learn of African rewritings of Greek tragedy. It contains certain readings of six dramas and one epic poem, from various destinations around the African diaspora. Barbara Goff and Michael Simpson ask why the performs of Sophocles' Theban Cycle determine so prominently one of the tragedies tailored through dramatists of African descent, and the way performs that dilate at the strength of the prior, within the inexorable curse of Oedipus and the regressive obsession of Antigone, can articulate the postcolonial second.
Advent 1. Texts and Contexts 2. severe heritage three. severe Readings four. additional studying and internet assets Notes on individuals Bibliography Index
In the course of the paintings of prime African writers, artists, musicians and educators—from Nobel prizewinner Wole Soyinka to names rarely identified outdoors their local lands—An African Voice describes the contributions of the arts to the fulfillment of independence for the peoples of black Africa following the second one global struggle.
The booklet examines renowned fiction columns, a dominant characteristic in Kenyan newspapers, released within the 20th century and examines their ancient and cultural effect on Kenyan politics. The publication interrogates how well known cultural kinds similar to well known fiction interact with and topic the polity to consistent critique via casual yet widely known cultural varieties of censure.
- Possidius of Calama: A Study of the North African Episcopate in the Age of Augustine (Oxford Early Christian Studies)
- Africanizing Knowledge: African Studies Across the Disciplines
- African Legal Theory and Contemporary Problems: Critical Essays
- African Film and Literature: Adapting Violence to the Screen
Extra resources for On the Sacred in African Literature: Old Gods and New Worlds
Unity emerges out of the contradictions of the sacred, and where there is coherence in contradiction, Derrida reminds us, there is also the force of desire (‘Structure’ 278). ’ (Arrow 73)8 The symbolic transference from the epic hero to sacrificial victim and back again manifests the danger that is often associated with the exercise of power within traditional African social systems. Divine power can either sanctify or pollute. Durkheim, in extending Robertson Smith’s theorising of the ambiguity of the sacred, argues, ‘the pure and the impure are not two separate classes but two varieties of the same class, which includes all sacred things’ (411): the pure and impure transform into and provide a substitute for one another.
Modern power, on the other hand, abrogates the supernatural. In fact, the condition governing the possibility of modernity is the divorce of the political from the theological. The perceived autonomy of the political in the modern Western nation-state allows the state to possess, as Weber has argued, a monopoly of the legitimate use of violence. The colonial state, however, was different from its metropolitan model. This difference is articulated in the narrative by depicting the colonial power as both personalised and arbitrary.
Durkheim, in The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, also notes that the collectivity represented by the sacred cannot be the same as dominant class interest (see 407–08). On the question of meaning, Gikandi’s analyses share with almost every other reading a preoccupation with the ‘crisis of meaning’ in the novel, what G. D. Killam in an early analysis called ‘the problem of knowing’ (60). Gikandi notes that Ezeulu’s ‘drive for monological meanings’ opposes the ‘plurality of perspectives insisted on by the novel and the authorial representation of the traditional Igbo system of Realising the Sacred 25 knowledge’ (Reading Chinua Achebe 57–9, my emphasis).
On the Sacred in African Literature: Old Gods and New Worlds by M. Mathuray