THE INTERFACE BETWEEN SELF, HISTORY AND LITERATURE IN CHRIS ANYOKWU’S NAKED TRUTH

PUBLISHED: June 2018

Author: ONUOHA, ONYEKACHI PETER

Department of English, University of Calabar

Abstract

Self is an accommodating house within happenings in life that takes a minute to acquire the status of history. History serves for African writers as a pool of collective resources in the recreation and the interrogation of their collective existence. This notion is evidently gleaned from Anyokwu’s Naked Truth. Self is an extension of creativity and creativity is a product of history without which there would be a void of imaginative literature. Cameron alludes to the foregoing fact that “Creativity is experience (2)” and this means that experience is a product of history within a self. This paper sets out to interrogate the interface between self, history and literature in Anyokwu’s Naked Truth. It examines the different appropriations of history with which a poetic effect is recreated in Anyokwu’s Naked Truth and the writer’s faithfulness to the utilitarian core of African art, which is both entertaining and didactic in nature. I concede to the submission that without history there will be no literature and this paper demonstrates herein that there are clear-cut differences between history and creative literature. Though the writer and critic need all forms of memory to carry out their enterprise, language and remediation of the writer’s experiences, his worldview and his culture meld history into a new form of art-which is literature

Keywords: Literature, Creativity, Self, History

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