Given Soyinka' s creative output, particularly his unique infusion of African folk traditions and mythology into his English language work, and equally important, his bringing in new life-blood into the language itself, the Nobel Prize was long overdue. In fact, Soyinka has been on the "short list" of candidates for several years. However, given the familiar history of predominantly Western recipients for the Nobel Prize in Literature over the past 85 years, the Nobel Committee has been lethargic in acknowledging a major writer from the African continent. (Some non-Western recipients of the Prize were India's Rabindranath Tagore in 1913, Chile's Pablo Neruda in 1971, Colombia's Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1982.)
Katrak, Ketu H.
"Cultural Politics and the Nobel Prize,"
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