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Amos Tutuola revisited
Owomoyela, Oyekan.
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New York : Twayne Publishers, [1999]

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xii, 174 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
The Tutuola phenomenon -- Tutuola and the civilizing project -- Sources -- The artist and his mission -- The critics' Amos Tutuola -- Aspects of Tutuola's art -- Epilogue.
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Takes a thematic approach to this West African author whose works symbolize the African condition and its persistence from the colonial to the postcolonial period.

Author Notes

Oyekan Owomoyela, is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska.

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Tutuola might be called "the Stephen King" of African literature. He was a Nigerian Yoruba and therefore came from one of Africa's strongest storytelling traditions, and this influence is clear in his narratives. His novel The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952), one of the prototypes of sub-Saharan literature, features ghosts, nonsequential chapters, and imagery that is often grotesque to the point of being offensive. Understandably, Tutuola's reputation suffered highs and lows, and Owomoyela (Univ. of Nebraska) reports that when Tutuola died in 1997 he was destitute and out of favor. Obviously a labor of love, this book is honest and clear about Tutuola's strengths and weaknesses. The author deals with Tutuola's sources, intents, critics, methods, and art, and concludes that this Nigerian writer, often working in the shadow of Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka, deserves a larger place in the sun than most scholars have been willing to grant him. Perhaps the last word on Tutuola and a valuable resource for the study of this quixotic storyteller, this title should be in any library that has any of Tutola's work in its collection. P. W. Stine; Gordon College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Chronologyp. xi
Chapter 1 The Tutuola Phenomenonp. 1
Chapter 2 Tutuola and the Civilizing Projectp. 12
Chapter 3 Sourcesp. 28
Chapter 4 The Artist and His Missionp. 54
Chapter 5 The Critics' Amos Tutuolap. 98
Chapter 6 Aspects of Tutuola's Artp. 127
Chapter 7 Epiloguep. 146
Notes and Referencesp. 155
Selected Bibliographyp. 162
Indexp. 169