Unisa Press

Nation, Power and Dissidence in Third Generation Nigerian Poetry in English

Author: Dr Sule E. Egya
Published: 2014-06-02 00:00:00.0
ISBN: 978-1-86888-759-0
Number of pages: 186
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Nation, Power and Dissidence in Third Generation Nigerian Poetry in English is a theoretical and analytical survey of the poetry that emerged in Nigeria in the 1980s. Hurt into poetry, the poets collectively raise aesthetics of resistance that dramatises the nationalist imagination bridging the gap between poetry and politics in Nigeria. The emerging generation of poetic voices raises an outcry against the repressive military regimes of the 1980s and 1990s. Ingrained in the tradition of protest literature in Africa, the third-generation poetry is presented here as part of the cultural struggles that unseat military despotism and envisage a democratic society.

Not only does Egya place emphasis on the poetry’s interaction with the culture and history of military oppression in Nigeria − an interaction that sees the poetry not only feeding from the history but also feeding it; he also contextualises the generational consciousness of these poets. Scholars of Nigerian literature, African literature, and researchers interested in world literatures will welcome Nation, Power and Dissidence in Third Generation Nigerian Poetry in English as an invaluable contribution to indigenous knowledge, critical studies in Africa, and the rehabilitation and production of an African aesthetic.

Table of content

Acknowledgements vii
Chapter One

Introduction 1
Chapter Two
The Question of Generation 13
Literary Tradition, Influence, Anxiety

Chapter Three
Poetics and Subjectivity: Making Poetry Serve Humanity 36
Afam Akeh: This is poetry as she breathes
Abubakar Othman: Wordsworth Lied

Chapter Four
Dissident Dirge: Elegy Against the Oppressor 63
Olu Oguibe: I am Bound to this Land by Blood
Chiedu Ezeanah: I Saw Generals Hack the Tracks with Convulsive Steel

Chapter Five
Myth and Materialism: Deploying Myth against the Myth of Power 83
Maik Nwosu: I am taunted by covenants of misery
Onookome Okome: Everything smells of the death of dawn

Chapter Six
Feminist Act: Feminising the Struggle Against the Oppressor 105
Toyin Adewale: In this Land We Love with Pain
Unoma Azuah: I will defy the rage of the rain and erode no more

Chapter Seven
Eco-Human Engagement: Facing the Oppressor over the Niger Delta 129
Nnimmo Bassey: Of Burst Bellies and Pipes
Ogaga Ifowodo: Oil Is My Curse

Chapter Eight
Conclusion: Exile and the Trope of Dispersal 152
Works Cited 158