Emerging Perspectives On Chinua Achebe: Isinka, The Artistic Purpose: Chinua Achebe And The Theory Of African Literature
Chinua Achebe's influence on contemporary African Literature is as much evident in his art of the novel, as his articulation of African poetics and aesthetics in his extra fictional pronouncements. He is as much the father of the modern African novel, as he is the pioneer theoretician of African literary criticism. Whereas Things Fall Apart established for African creative writers the art of the African novel, such critical essays as "The Role of the Writer in a New Nation," "The African Writer and the English Language," "The Black Writer's Burden," and "What has Literature got to do with it?," read like conscious blue-prints, defining for teachers, readers and critics of African literature, appropriate directions for objective literary criticism. ISINKA (Igbo term for "artistic purpose") establishes Chinua Achebe's legacies to African literary criticism over half a century. The book starts with a Prologue followed by thirty highly engaging chapters, and ends with an Epilogue. The chapters are grouped into six parts namely: "Art and Aesthetics," "Igbo Worldview and Christianity," "The Artist in Society," "Visions of History," "African Womanhood," and "Influences." In these essays, literary scholars from various parts of the world, attempt dynamically to assess and establish how much Chinua Achebe's extra fictional ideas about African Literature or Literature in general, are justified in his own creative works. ISINKA is thus a logical sequel to OMENKA which examined the dimensions of Chinua Achebe's achievements as Africa's leading novelist of the 20th century, and "one of the world's best, dead or alive".
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