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Description of the Play:
Soyinka's Nigerian adaptation of classic Greek tragedy with Soyinka's
emphasis on cultural coincidences, the need for a willing sacrifice,
and the renewal that comes through ritual death.
Websites about The Bacchae
Group - for teachers who are subscribed to the Gale Group
online service there is an excellent overview of the The
Bacchae on their "The Twayne Authors Series" database.
Go to Gale
Group > Twayne Authors Series> Soyinka, Wole >
Ritual Theater: A Universal Idiom. Included is a comprehensive
overview of the play The Bacchae.
Wole Soyinka was born in Abeokuta, southwestern Nigeria,
which was then a British colony. The Soyinkas were members of the
Yoruba tribe. His father was the headmaster of St. Peter's Primary
School and mother, whom the author calls "Wild Christian",
a shopkeeper and respected political figure in the community.
Like other major Nigerian writers including Elechi Amadi, Chinua
Achebe, John Okigbo, John Pepper Clark, and Cole Omotso, he was
also educated at the University College of Ibada. In 1954 he moved
to England, where he studied English literature at the the University
of Leeds, receiving his B.A. in 1959. More...