ART-LITERARY INTERFACE: THE CREATIVE MUSE OF UCHE OKEKE THROUGH CHINUA ACHEBE’S THINGS FALL APART.

AUTHOR: OKECHUKWU NWAFOR

FROM IN THE PERSPECTIVES OF LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE: ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF R.U. UZOEZIE

EDITED BY: NGOZI EZENWA-OHAETO and IFEYINWA J. OGBAZI

In this paper I approach art through some literary expositions of Uche Okekc. These expositions, I argue, are a direct influence oJ Chinua Achebe’s Things FallApart which Okeke illustrated in 1958. The paper postulates that Uli could present as a dominant ideology in the artistic genre if one juxtaposes it with the Western paradigm of Pi.casso’s cubism. While I attempt to underscore the importance of 19bo forklore to the creative enterprise, as exemplified by Achebe and Okeke, 1also emphasize the role of Okeke’s drawings and literary landmarks in the institutionalization of an art-literary tradition at tl,c department of Pine and Applied Arts of the University of Nigeria Nsukka. This attitude, I argue, is largely detemlined by the singular act of Okeke’s illustration of Things Fall Apart, an incident that would transfonn the creative trajectory of graduates of the department in many years to come.

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