On the Sacred in African Literature

Old Gods and New Worlds

  • Authors
  • Mark Mathuray

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Mark Mathuray
      Pages 1-17
  3. Directions

  4. Indirections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Mark Mathuray
      Pages 137-161
  5. Conclusion: The Political as Tragic Effect

    1. Mark Mathuray
      Pages 162-171
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 172-205

About this book


This innovative book provides an original approach to the analysis of the representation of myth, ritual, and 'magic' in African literature. Emphasizing the ambivalent nature of the sacred, it advances work on the religious dimension of canonical African texts and attends to the persistence of pre-colonial cultures in postcolonial spaces.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230240919
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2009
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Literature Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-36731-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-24091-9
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