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A Dance of Masks: Senghor, Achebe, and Soyinka

Jonathan A. Peters
ISBN: 978-0-91447-823-2
1978/270 pages


Peters searches for themes about African self-identity by exploring images of the mask in the poetry of Senghor, the fiction of Achebe, and the drama of Soyinka. His focus is not on the mask as a physical object, but as a concept—a dynamic interplay that involves both the mask and its wearer. Within this interplay, he finds important insights about Africanness as defined by three of the continent's most important writers.


A native of Sierra Leone, Jonathan A. Peters has taught at universities in Canada, the United States, and Africa.