Chapter 47. The Short Stories of Benjamin Okri

  1. Cheryl Alexander Malcolm Associate Professor2 and
  2. David Malcolm Professor3
  1. Wolfgang Görtschacher Assistant Professor owner-director

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch47

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

How to Cite

Görtschacher, W. (2008) The Short Stories of Benjamin Okri, in A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story (eds C. A. Malcolm and D. Malcolm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch47

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of American Studies, University of Gdańsk, Poland

  2. 3

    English Institute, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Author Information

  1. University of Salzburg, Austria

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145374

Online ISBN: 9781444304770

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Keywords:

  • Short Stories of Benjamin Okri;
  • Incidents at the Shrine (1986), a slim volume of eight stories, and Stars of the New Curfew;
  • “Laughter Beneath the Bridge” and “Crooked Prayer” - related by a child who only half understands what he has witnessed;
  • “The Dream-vendor's August,” - longest and most complex story in the collection;
  • Foreshadowing - traditional narrative device often foregrounded by Okri's narrator

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading