Ritual and the Political Unconscious: The Case of Death and The King's Horseman

Williams, Adebayo
March 1993
Research in African Literatures;Spring93, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p67
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Interprets Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka's play 'Death and the King's Horseman' as an anticolonial work incorporating native Yoruba imagery, in the form of ritual suicide and the king's horseman. Proximity with the symbolisms of Marx, Sigmund Freud and Karl Jung; Significance of ritual and the collective unconscious; Reply to Marxist charge on validation of the native feudal order.


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