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TABANISM. Edition No. 1
- ID: 1904041
- October 2008
- 88 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
Tabanism explores the overlooked in the poetry of a
man much misunderstood. Tabanism penetrates the
cacophony, the mist, and the dust of erudite lingua
shrouding Taban’s poetry to present the hidden man
and his struggles with life, poetry, society and
religion. Unraveling the art and artist becomes
necessary in the study of Taban lo Liyong’s poetry
because over time critics have obscured Taban’s true
worth as a modern African poet by disparagingly
describing his work as “gnomic”— as if to say
Whereas critics like Balogun Odun and Ogo Ofuani
seek to understand the language of Taban in The
uniformed Man and Another Nigger Dead, Tabanism is a
near exhaustive study of themes, style and influence
of Modernism in Taban’s Frantz Fanon’s Uneven Ribs.
In addition, by delving into Taban lo Liyong’s
philosophical inclinations and educational
background, Tabanism successfully accounts for the
sources of “difficulty” that have bedeviled the
consummation of the poetry of one of Africa’s best.
James Esamagidi is from Emevor, Delta State of Nigeria. He
graduated from the University of Benin, Nigeria where he
obtained a B.A. in English and Literature, and Central Michigan
University,U.S.A where he obtained M.A. in English and
Literature, and M.Sc. in Management Information Systems, with
SAP concentration. He is also SAP certified.