Allegory and Meaning: Reading African, African American, and Caribbean Literature

Allegory and Meaning: Reading African, African American, and Caribbean Literature

By: Ikenna Dieke (author)Paperback

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Allegory and Meaning is the study of the allegorical-cum-symbolic mode in selected African, African American, and Caribbean literary works. It argues that the domain of allegory in these works constitutes, at bottom, a contested site of paradoxes. The discussion of these African, African American, and Caribbean writers' use of the allegorical mode is a serious attempt to recover the subtext of their works. The stories these writers tell are quite often thinly veiled. The events, characters, space, and time in their narratives are presented, first in their literal context, and then, in the other, larger context, the ideas that they are intended to convey or the significance they potentially bear. From Soyinka's political allegory in Season of Anomy to Okigbo's astral kratophany in Labyrinths; from Baraka's agonistic moral allegory in Palace of the Peacock, and V.S. Reid's apocalyptic allegory in New Day, these writers demonstrate the processes of double signification where the order of words represents actions and characters, and the actions and characters in turn represent ideas.

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Ikenna Dieke earned his Ph.D. in English at the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the author of two books and numerous articles. Currently, Dieke is a professor of Africana at the University of Arizona.


Chapter 1 Introduction: Allegory and the Literary Imagination Part 2 AFRICA Chapter 3 1. Bessie Head's Maru: Existential Allegory, Pathology of Difference, and the Quest for Conscience Chapter 4 2. Masada as Symbol in Season of Anomy Chapter 5 3. Soyinka: From the Failed Narcissus to Heroic Orphism Chapter 6 4. Awoonor, Okigbo, and Soyinka: Nostos, Symbolism, and Prima Donnas Part 7 AFRICAN AMERICA Chapter 8 5. Baraka, Marquis de Sade, and the Individual Will Chapter 9 6. Baraka and the Allegoric Meaning of the Tragic Spirit Chapter 10 7. Baraka, America, and the Allegory of Racial Sin Chapter 11 8. Gwendolyn Brook's Maud Martha: Narrative as Allegory of Initiation Part 12 GENERAL Chapter 13 9. Redemptive Fantasy and Allegory of the Endtime Part 14 CARIBBEAN Chapter 15 10. A Cosmic Postulate of Eros: Reading Harris's Palace of the Peacock Chapter 16 11. A Woman Transfigured: Reading Derek Walcott and Wilson Harris Chapter 17 Notes Chapter 18 Selected Bibliography Chapter 19 Index

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  • publication date: 02/09/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780761851219
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 188
  • ID: 9780761851219
  • weight: 299
  • ISBN10: 0761851216

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