Written Assignment 5
Soyinka’s world, as revealed in?Ak?: The Years of Childhood,?is a rich hybrid of tradition and modernity. Examine, by discussing particular examples, how this hybridity is central to the formation of Soyinka’s identity.
To discuss this topic, it is suggested that you select three or four of the formative experiences in Soyinka’s childhood and expand on them, discussing how these experiences have made him who he is. Possible experiences include the kind of parenting he received, his family’s roots in both traditional Yoruba and Christian practices, and the local and world political and social events he experienced. Select three or four events or experiences and expand on them. Be sure that your examples are specific and convey an understanding of the issue of hybridity in this African autobiography.
Conclude your argument by considering whether hybridity is also a factor in the works of the other African/South African writers you have read.
Formulate your response in your own words. When it is appropriate to use quotations or paraphrase from your text materials or other sources, be sure to cite your sources properly by giving page numbers in parentheses or using footnotes or endnotes.
The assignment should be a total of three to four typed, double-spaced pages. When you have completed the assignment, proofread it for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation before submitting it to your mentor.